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1.     President Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that providing a suitable residence for the Vice President symbolized respect for the office and the individual who occupies it.

2.     The President stated this when he commissioned the residence on Friday, June 7, 2024 as part of activities commemorating his first year in office.

3.     Represented by the Vice President, Senator, Kashim Shettima, the president said the  action was not merely a matter of convenience, but a reflection of the present administration’s commitment to providing leaders with the tools and resources they need to effectively discharge their duties and serve the Nigerian people with integrity and dedication

4.      President Tinubu who acknowledged that the VP’s residence project had faced numerous challenges over the years, including delays and abandonment by previous administrations, said, “Rather than dwell on past shortcomings, we have chosen to seize this opportunity to demonstrate our resolve to confront obstacles head-on and deliver on the promises made to the Nigerian people in line with our Renewed Hope Agenda, which has the completion of inherited projects as one of its cardinal objectives”.

5.     The President added that the construction of the Vice President’s residence was not just about building a physical structure but about laying the foundation for a more efficient and effective government, and about creating an environment where leaders can focus on the important work of governance without distraction or inconvenience.

Vice President HE Kashim Shettima (6th left) flanked by SEnate President HE Godswill Akpabio (7th left) FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike  (5th left) and Minister of State, Dr Mariya Mahmoud with other top government functionaries during the commissioning of the official residence of the Vice President on Friday, June 7th in Abuja.

6.     The President stressed that the completion of the VP’s residence project which commenced in 2010 was in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda which leans favourably with the completion of uncompleted projects for the benefits of all Nigerians.

7.      He said: “I hold a very strong opinion that abandoning projects after substantial expenditures have been incurred is inherently wasteful, and it is in the best interest of the government and the public to see them through to completion.

8.         “I, therefore, want to express my gratitude to the FCT Administration, under the leadership of Chief (Barrister) Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, for taking up the responsibility and feel duty bound to complete the project to avoid the wastage of tax payers’ money.

9.       “The decision to complete this project after going through the required due process is highly commendable. Your dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to excellence are a testament to the resilience and spirit of the Nigerian people”.

10. He therefore commended the FCT Minister, describing him as an achiever.

11. In his address, the FCT Minister commended the President for leadership while attributing the successes being celebrated to the support given to the FCT Administration by Mr. President.

12. Barr. Wike explained that the contract for the design and construction of the VP’s residence was awarded in 2010 at the sum of N7Billion but abandoned in 2015 due to lack of funds, adding that it took the present administration less than one year to complete and delivery the project.

13. He said, “Your Excellency, this project was awarded in 2010, 14years ago. It was awarded at the cost of N7Billion in 2010 and abandoned in 2015. It was in January this year that we had a revised budget to make it N21Billion, which is an additional N14Billion.

14. .“In a country, it took 14 good years to build the Vice President’s house. And now Mr President has come and within one year he has made it a reality. When we talk about hope, this is the hope. A vice president’s residence. In Nigeria, the giant of Africa awarded a contract for the house of the number two citizen to do his work, 14years ago at 7billion. As a country we could not afford 7billion to complete the work in one year.

15. .“May God continue to bless President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for knowing that, if you don’t stay in a good environment you cannot put in your best. Environment affects productivity and efficiency.”

16. While commending the contractors for delivering the project within schedule, the Minister stressed that all state security apparatus were involved in the building process to ensure that the Vice President’s residence was safe and befitting of the Vice President of the country.

17. In her remarks, the Minister of State FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud said the commissioning witnessed was the first since the relocation of the capital city from Lagos to Abuja over forty years ago.

18. She said, “Today’s occasion is a demonstration of sheer will and determination where others failed. It is a testament to what we can achieve when we have the right support”.

19. While commending the President for his support for the FCT Administration, she also commended the FCT Minister for changing the landscape of the FCT, describing him as a goal getter.

20. In his overview of the project, the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad, said the residence of the VP was conceived to provide a befitting residence for the nation’s number two citizen adding that it comes with all the conveniences befitting of the office and its occupant, including the residence of the second lady.







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