This Day (Lagos)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: PDP Lauds Jonathan Over Developments in FCT

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has showered praises on President Goodluck Jonathan for the rapid infrastructural development of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja under his administration.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement Tuesday, said the party was impressed with the massive infrastructural development and maintenance of existing projects under the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.

Recalling that lack of maintenance culture had always been the bane of the nation's development, the party said in the FCT, the minister, through massive rehabilitation and resurfacing of all major roads in the city even before the appearance of pot holes has shown that the PDP-led administration is confronting the issue of maintenance culture.

It said such was a testament to the president's resolve to fundamentally alter the sad trajectory of poor maintenance that had bedeviled the Nigerian state at all levels.

"The leadership of the PDP commends President Goodluck Jonathan for the achievements recorded by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). The party is highly impressed by the rapid infrastructural development of the FCT under the current administration, which has not only given new looks to the city but brought a huge relief to the residents.

"While the lack of maintenance culture has been the bane of the Nigerian development, we particularly note that in the FCT, the minister, through the massive rehabilitation and resurfacing of all the major roads in the city has shown that we are confronting this problem by showing that we do not have to allow pot holes to surface before resurfacing the roads.

"This is a testament to President Jonathan's resolve to fundamentally alter the trajectory of poor maintenance culture that had bedevilled the Nigerian state at all levels," the party said.

It however, urged the FCTA to press for the accelerated passage of its traffic laws by the National Assembly in order to allow the administration achieve the same level of success in the management and control of traffic in the territory.

The party enumerated some of the developmental milestones in the city to include the construction of the 10 new lane outer circular roads linking the city centre to satellite towns, the opening of 10 new districts and massive housing projects in the territory.

It said: "the Land Swap Initiative, which, in partnership with the private sector, has opened 10 new districts and delivered a sizable part of a total of 500,000 houses is novel in the development of the FCT. This innovation also has a potential job offer to half a million Nigerians. This is in addition to the on-going Social Housing Scheme set to deliver a total of 50,000 free houses."

"Similarly, we note the acceleration of the construction of the Abuja Light Rail System aimed at boosting transportation in the territory. This will provide faster and safer transportation and inject not less than half a million jobs into the system", the party noted.

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