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Housing Scheme: FCDA threatens to terminate infrastructure contracts

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The Federal Capital Development Authority(FCDA) on Thursday ordered contractors handling infrastructure projects at the Galuwyi- Shere Resettlement Housing Scheme in Bwari Area Council to complete work according to specifications or have their contracts terminated.

Malam Jubrin Umar, the Executive Secretary of FCDA gave the directive on Thursday after inspecting facilities at the Galuwyi- Shere Resettlement Housing Scheme in Bwari Area Council.

Umar expressed displeasure over the poor handling of access roads, electricity and water in the resettlement estate.

He said the FCDA would soon begin the eviction of illegal occupants of the facility who had not moved out even with the expiration of deadline earlier issued.

He said  the Federal Capital Territory Administration was doing every thing possible to commence the resettlement programme.

Umar revealed that out of the nine communities earmarked for the scheme, the Jabi Yakubu Community would be the first to be resettled in no distance time as directed by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello.

” The reason for coming here is to appreciate the level of compliance with the Minister’s directive that one of the settlement communities that are supposed to move to this location will be coming in very soon.

” And for that to happen, you can see there are a lot of activities that have been going on in the last two weeks and we came here to see the level of preparedness.

” The Communities, initially were seven and now nine but right now we are talking of the first one to move, Jabi Yakubu.

” We have seen the number of houses that are there, close to 100, precisely 94 including Chief’s own, 95.

” You can see the infrastructure also, the access roads not very good, it is not that work is not good at all but, the level of progress is not good.

” The water supply is on progress, you have seen the two boreholes have been drilled and will be completed in the next one week. The electricity we are looking at the possibility of extending from Bwari or Mpape”, Umar said.

Also speaking, the FCDA Director of Public Buildings, Mr Anthony Odigie explained that the project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2, 266 houses and by 2009 only 1400 were completed while others were at various stages of completion.

Odigie, however said, due to problems such as the non payment of contractors, litigations among others led to the dilapidation and vandalisation of the completed houses until 2017 when FCDA began rehabilitation to make them habitable ahead of the resettlement.

” The project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2266 houses and by 2009 we had about 1400 completed, then others were at various stages of completion.

” So there were problems along the line, problem of payment and so on and those who have not completed their award left the site and then the houses were vandalized, those that completed became deteriorated.

” In 2017, there was the move to rehabilitate those ones that we can take over. There was need to rehabilitate the houses so that we can move the communities back to their places”, he noted.

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edited by Sadiya Hamza

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