FCTA Steps Up Measures to Implement Abuja Master Plan

By: Wisdom Acka

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said that it will hasten implementation of the Abuja Master Plan.

This is as the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has called on major stakeholders to evolve ways of correcting abuses on the Plan.

He stated this during the retreat organised for Board members of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) and the Executive Management Committee in Abuja.

Bello, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Bashir Mai-Bornu, called on the officials of the authority and stakeholders to work out modalities that will incorporate key areas that will strengthen development of the city.

He words: “Abuja has been really rightly described as one of the fastest growing cities in the World just as the FCT is the fastest growing subnational in the country”.

“This translates into more work for the FCDA as you try to cope with the rapid expansion of the city and ever changing structure and dynamics of the society,” he added.

Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad, in his remarks, noted that despite the challenges of distortion and illegal structures across the Territory, efforts were on to meet up with the requirements of developing a nation’s capital.

He described the retreat as an avenue of provoking discussions on how to correct illegalities being faced by the FCDA in meeting up with the Abuja Master Plan.

According to him, “we organised the retreat as a means to sensitize members of the FCDA Board as well as the Executive Management Committee with other stakeholders to interact on the issue of Abuja Master Plan implementation”.

Ahmad added that the retreat would engender discussions across all areas that needed urgent interventions.

He expressed that the retreat was coming when a new administration was coming on board, and its resolutions would help the stakeholders re-appraise issues and present a better position.

He said: “We are discussing ways to address issues in developing Abuja, to salvage the situation, especially by correcting some of the violations.

“We will continue to explore ways to meet up with the mandate of FCDA, going by the FCT Act Decree No. 6 of 1976 to pursue the dreams of our founding fathers in building a befitting capital city that can rank equal among the best in the world”, he pledged.