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Lower Usuma Dam Expansion 95% Complete, Says FCT Minister PDF Print E-mail
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Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are set to experience a boost in potable water supply as the Lower Usuma Dam expansion project is nearing completion. FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed made the disclosure at the weekend when the British High Commissioner

to Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Lloyd paid him a courtesy visit at his Area 11, Garki office in Abuja.
The Minister said the construction of phases three and four of the Dam’s water treatment plants has reached 95% completion. He expressed satisfaction with standard of job by the contractors, Biwater Nigeria Plc, describing works done by the British company as ‘massive’.  He hoped that the contractors handling the other aspect of the multi-billion naira project which has to do with water distribution through piping and reticulation would complete their works within schedule and satisfactorily too.
Senator Mohammed said that supply of potable water to Abuja residents has remained a major challenge for the FCT Administration largely due to the ever rising population of Abuja. He pointed out that the security problems in some states due to sectarian, ethnic and social crises have made FCT the preferred destination of many people fleeing from those places.
According to him, an estimated 10, 000 people migrate to FCT daily from other states and elsewhere to settle as their new abode. Every new migrant, he explained, comes with additional demand on available infrastructure, amenities and facilities in the territory.
The FCT Minister solicited collaboration and support from Britain especially in the area of mass transportation stressing that the British model of public transportation remains one of the best in the world.
Senator Bala Mohammed said that President Goodluck Jonathan has given the FCT Administration an order to restore the Abuja Master Plan. He therefore vowed to rise to the challenge. He emphasized that rapid population growth in FCT has aggravated the problem of illegal structures development in the territory and declared that the FCT Administration would continue to remove the unlawful structures with all necessary tact and caution so as to reduce their traumatic effects on the people.
Earlier, the High Commissioner, Mr. Lloyd had told the Minister that the trade volume between Nigeria and the United Kingdom has gone up to 80% while the number of people travelling to the UK from Nigeria has increased by 20% within the last two years.
The Envoy described the current relations between the two countries as ‘excellent’ adding that this year alone, Britain has recorded more high profile visits of her citizens, including that of the Prime Minister, to Nigeria than in the last five years put together.
Mr. Lloyd who said he visited Abuja 23 years ago in 1988 hailed the huge transformational developments that have occurred in the capital city since then. He described Abuja as a beautiful city which though still has challenges in few sectors.
Delivering the vote of thanks, FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide noted the longstanding relationship between Britain and Nigeria, which she noted, has grown from that of master and subject to equal partnership.  She sought assistance of Britain for FCT towards accelerated development of FCT’s satellite towns especially with a view to ensuring that Abuja becomes not just an administrative but also a cultural capital.
During the courtesy call, the High Commissioner discussed with the FCT Minister, the visit to Nigeria by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Rt Hon Alderman Michael Bear to Nigeria between September 11 and 15, 2011. The visit is intended to strengthen the commercial and economic relationships between the UK and Nigeria as well as help to develop links between the financial sectors of both countries.
 
NOSIKE OGBUENYI
SA Media to the FCT Minister
09/11/11

 

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