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1.    Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to the provision of infrastructure in rural communities of the FCT Area Councils.

2.    The FCT Minister said this when he carried out a routine inspection of ongoing road projects in the Kwali Area Council on Friday, 12th April.

3.    The projects inspected by the FCT Minister included the 3.2-kilometer access road to Kwali town through the “Satellite quarters” and Angwan Hausawa areas of the town from the Abuja-Lokoja Expressway and its accompanying bridge as well as the 11-kilometer Yangoji – Sukuku – Ebo roads.

Permanent Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat Dr Olusegun Olusa, FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, MD Gilmor Engineering Eli Goldhar and Chairman, Kwali Area Council, Hon Danladi Chiya during the Minister’s inspection of road projects in kwali Area Council

4.     Barrister Wike said development cannot be concentrated only in the city center and assured that the FCT Administration will also take development to the rural areas, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

5.    He said developing the FCT Area Councils will not only discourage rural-urban migration but will also improve security in the FCT Area Councils and ensure that people at the grassroots feel the impact of governance.

6.    According to the FCT Minister, “You have to take development to the rural areas. That alone can mitigate rural-urban migration. You need to give them the infrastructure to develop on their own. For example, their farmers, how will they carry their produce to the city without any road. In terms of security, just imagine if people were kidnapped. How will the security agencies have access to this kind of area – look at the topography.

7.    “So, creating infrastructure, particularly road here, is key to the development of these communities and they will feel the impact of governance. That’s the essence of the Renewed Hope Agenda. It’s not just for those in the cities. It’s also for those in the rural areas.

A section of the Yangoji-Sukuku-Ebo road under construction visited by the FCT Minister on Friday

8.    “I feel delighted, particularly, that we are taking development to the rural areas”.   

9.    Speaking further on the road projects, the Minister said the bridge on the 3.2-kilometer access road to Kwali, which was awarded several years ago and abandoned, would be completed and commissioned along with the road by May this year.

10.He said communities along the road which were hitherto cut off due to the stall on the road project, are now beginning to heave a sigh of relief.  

11.Also speaking on the 11km Yangoji-Sukuku-Ebo road being executed by Gilmor Engineering Nig Ltd, Barr. Wike, who described the road as very important, also assured that the project would be completed before the end of the year and appealed to the contractors to expedite action on the road project.

12.He also thanked the Chairman, Kwali Area Council, Hon. Danladi Chiya for keeping a close eye on the ongoing road projects in his Area Council.







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