By: Wisdom Acka
FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to continue taking hard decisions in order to deliver on the mandate given to him and Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmud by President Bola Tinubu.
Wike, who stated this on Thursday while flagging of resurfacing of roads in Asokoro, added that President Tinubu’s administration would continue taking hard decisions to make things work in Nigeria.
The Minister declared that no amount of protests or blackmail would make him abandon his mandate of making the FCT world class and restoring hope to FCT residents and Nigerians.
He disclosed that the projects he was embarking on in the Federal Capital Territory were borne out of hard decisions to deliver on the assignment.
His words: “President Bola Tinubu has given back hope to Nigerians and to the residents of FCT. When we were sworn in, Tinubu gave a marching order to the Minister of State and myself, to do everything humanly possible to bring back FCT to what a city should be.”
“I don’t have the time. See people who were protesting against me, I am busy and don’t want to be distracted. I want to be focused and deliver on the mandate given to us by Mr. President,” he said.
“You must be strong and courageous to take decisions, and we have taken decisions to make our people happy. This Administration has taken a decision to make sure we work for the people as the President has mandated,” he reiterated.
“When you bring policies that will bring change, few people who benefit will kick against the change, but when you are focused, they will come back to align. We must take decisions, no matter how hard they are. What is important is that, at the end of the day, the people should benefit from it,” Wike emphasized.
He pledged that by 29 May 2024, “Abuja will be wearing a new look. No contract will be awarded without fund. We will leave, and award when there is fund.”
The Minister recalled that all contractors who had left project sites becuase of lack of funding had all returned to site; adding that his administration would not abandon any project it awarded because there was funds and there won’t be issues of variation.
Speaking on the completion of the official residence of the Vice President, Wike disclosed that the project was awarded in 2010 by the Federal Government at N7 billion and it was not sensible to use tax payers money on the structure and abandon it.
He also said that the Cultural Centre and Millennium Tower project which was awarded in 2001 would not be allowed to as efforts were on for its completion.
Abuja Digest can report that the second phase of the resurfacing would fix not less than 49 roads.