Chris Steven, Abuja
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has said that the administration would do everything within its power to develop the designated Satellite Towns within the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister gave this assurance when the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelepe-Adefulire paid him a working visit in his office.
He said that the development of the Satellite Towns would go a long way to improve the standard of living of those resident in such towns.
Malam Bello remarked that his Administration would work towards the completion of some of the on-going projects of the defunct Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Satellite Towns of the Territory including the Multi-Million-Naira Abaji MDG Water Project to enable residents enjoy maximum benefits.
According to him, this will enable the FCT Administration to accomplish the set goal of providing potable water to all the residents of the Federal Capital Territory.
Malam Bello who noted that though the reports available to him contrasted with what was on ground at the Abaji project site, said his Administration will make funds available to complete whatever is left of the project.
His words: “As a matter of fact, I visited Abaji and saw the tank that was constructed. From the reports available to me, most of the works have been completed. In terms of payments, about 90 percent has been paid on that project.”
The Minister stressed, “The initial challenges were with the framework of funding. Apparently there were challenges. Some others did not pay on time as they were supposed to pay”.
Malam Bello emphasized, “But you can rest assured that we will partner with you and have this project completed within the available resources and any other projects that are outstanding. We will prioritize and see how we move on; we need to showcase what a Federal Government agency is able to do here in Abuja so that we can use it as a benchmark and we can also use it as a means of putting pressure on states to comply with your requirements”.
He reiterated that for us in the FCT, the environment and water supply is paramount because in terms of population, the city and indeed the population is growing astronomically so we must have a clean environment and make sure that refuse is collected; adding, “you are invariably solving some of the other 17 items, especially those that have to do with basic healthcare and nutrition”.
Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelepe-Adefulire stated that SDG targets were set last year, to build on the achievements recorded on the Millennium Development Goals.
The SSA said that these goals this time around include the unfinished goals of the MDG, now known as SDG with a social sector that deals with the unfinished business of the MDG.
She emphasized that this time around, “we have 17 goals that deal with 3 dimensions. One to six of the SDG, deals with the unfinished business of the MDG and social development. Goal 7 to 13 deals with development agenda, while 13 to 17 talks about climate change and environment. These goals are the targets that we must meet between now and 2030”.
“The essence of the Abaji MDG water project is for the five communities to benefit and if it is not completed, I don’t see any benefit they will derive from it,” Princess Orelepe-Adefulire added.