Leadership (Abuja)

7 February 2013

Nigeria: Sambo Orders Committee On Development of Peri-FCT Communities

The Presidential Committee on Federal Government Intervention for Infrastructural Development of Peri-FCT Communities has been directed to fix time frame in the recommendations for the development of communities in contiguous states.

Vice President Namadi Sambo gave the order at a meeting with the Technical Sub-Committee in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

The main communities being proposed for Federal Government complimentary intervention for infrastructure development are Suleja and environs in Niger; Karu/Mararaba axis in Nasarawa State and Chikara in Kogi.

Other benefiting communities in the FCT are the satellite communities of Karshi, Jikwoyi, Nyanya, Karu and Zuba.

Sambo also directed that the financial involvement of the Federal Government, the affected States and the Local Governments should be clearly spelt out.

According to him, time for commencement of the project and when it will end should also be indicated in the recommendations.

He noted that the idea of complimentary intervention of the Peri-FCT communities was not to build new towns but to develop the ghettos in the boundary communities to the Federal Capital Territory.

The vice president urged the committee not to go beyond the communities surrounding the FCT.

He also cautioned that building schools to be jointly managed by the contiguous states and the FCT would not be necessary given that the Federal Government was operating the Universal Basic Education programme in all states and communities in the country.

Sambo also asked the committee to consider the immediate implementation of transportation, electricity, housing, portable water, health issues and sanitation in the affected areas.

He added that the amount already envisaged by the committee was on the high side.

Sambo set up another committee headed by the Minister of the FCT to work on the report presented by the main committee.

In his presentation, the Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, said a combination of factors, had created development challenges in the Peri-FCT communities of Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi, resulting into severe infrastructure gaps.

According to him, this situation has led to the contiguous states and the FCT to appeal to the Federal Government for special intervention toward providing some relief to the affected communities.

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