Akinjide Reaffirms Commitment To Abuja Infrastructural Devt

…Says Best 20 Cities Target Feasible With Town Planning, Urban Devt Schemes

The Honourable Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, has reaffirmed the commitment of the FCT Administration to the development of the federal capital city, area councils and satellite towns.

The minister gave this assurance at the 2013 Town Planners’ Day of the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre.

She said, “The vision of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is to nurture Abuja into one of the best 20 capital cities in the world by the year 2020, while its mission is to provide good infrastructure, services and administration that will stimulate the city’s growth.

“We are committed to bringing infrastructural development in the satellite towns and Area Councils at par with what we have in the city. It is only when we have standard amenities and infrastructure in the satellite towns that residents will be motivated to live in these towns, do business there and raise their children.”

She lauded President Goodluck Jonathan over the re-establishment of the Satellite Towns Development Agency, which she noted was an eloquent testimony of the commitment of the President towards the provision of infrastructure in the Satellite Towns and the Area Councils.

The minister advised the NITP members to continue to offer input into the overall urban development initiatives of the FCT Administration.

“The FCT Administration believes that our vision to be among the best 20 cities in the world, by the year 2020, cannot be realized without our embracing innovative Town Planning and urban development schemes.

“No doubt this beautiful city is an evidence of the contributions of the National Institute of Town Planners and its professionals. The successes recorded over the years with the Abuja Master Plan were achieved through the inventive and conscious efforts of Town Planners and other allied professionals of the built environment,” she added.

The Chairman of the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Mr. Barnabas Atiyaye, stated that the institute offered the government the correct environment to administer and govern the people with ease.

“Failure to allow the professionals in the built environment, particularly the Town Planners, to perform professionally will always lead to chaotic situations and sometimes very difficult to manage politically,” he noted.

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