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FCTA clears N150bn liabilities to contractors

The Executive Secretary, FCDA, Shehu Hadi Ahmad and other executives at the meeting

The Federal Capital Territory Administration says over N150billion liabilities inherited from previous administrations has been cleared, including those developing the Airport Expressway.

The Executive Secretary, FCDA, Shehu Hadi Ahmad made this known during a presentation of the FCTA Executive Committee meeting, chaired by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, held in Life camp, Abuja.  

Ahmad disclosed that some major infrastructural projects completed within the city centre were made possible because outstanding backlogs were cleared.

According to Ahmad, the current FCT Administration has cleared all the liabilities inherited from the previous administrations. Before now, most contractors abandoned their sites because of accrued liabilities from the previous administrations worth over N150billion.

“The minister took the bull by the horn and cleared all liabilities of contractors, Now you can operate in dual mode on the Constitution Avenue and we are making efforts now to also finalize the development of the dual carriage of the Independence road”.  

“So this is what has actually eased the traffic right from the City Centre, from Three Arms Zone through to World Trade Centre, and to the National Hospital. And the travel time for most commuters and passengers to the airport has drastically reduced. You can almost plan your travel time now from your home to the airport”.  

 The FCDA boss also identified inadequate funding, uncontrolled population influx, and resettlement of original inhabitants as some of the challenges facing FCT

He also advocated for the review of the Abuja Master Plan to address some of these challenges.  

Chairing the meeting, the Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, identified security challenges as one of the challenges facing the Federal Capital Territory that must be tackled head-on.

She further tasked FCDA to come up with policies that would address the development of the human component.

Reporting by Remi Johnson, editing by Daniel Adejo.