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FG looks into development of FCT border towns


To partner with governors of the contiguous states

The Federal Government  is looking at the possibility of partnering in the development of towns in the contiguous states to the Federal Capital Territory.

The Vice President, Namadi Sambo made this known on Thursday in the State House, Abuja at a meeting with the governors of Niger and Nasarawa States. 

Sambo said the meeting was at the instance of the appeal by the Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, for the Federal Government to assist in the development of towns bordering the Federal Capital Territory.
He said the meeting was to look at need for the provision of necessary infrastructure in these towns, including roads, water supply, sanitation, as well as electricity supply which would cost billions of Naira.
In order to speed up the process and to determine what intervention the Federal Government would provide, Sambo raised a Technical Committee to be headed by the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed.

He urged the Committee to submit a workable programme within four weeks. 

The vice president also commended the ministers of Water Resources, Housing and Urban Development and works for their existing plans and interventions to address some of the infrastructural deficits in the surrounding states.
Earlier, the Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed, highlighted the importance of the surrounding towns of the contiguous states to the development of Abuja, adding that most of the low and medium income workers of the FCT live in those areas. 

He stated that work is in advanced stage for the provision of mass transit monorail service with connectivity to roads and buses.

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