Minister canvass speedy development of FCT, seeks legislations for Area Councils

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The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has called on the National Assembly to enact legislations, or push for pending bills, that could bring speedy development to the FCT Area Councils.

Special Assistant on Media to the minister, Mr Austine Elemue, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said Aliyu made the call when she appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on FCT Area Councils and Ancillary Matters.

The minister maintained that some of the existing laws governing the territory were obsolete and not in conformity with 21st century development goals.

Aliyu stressed the need for relevant committees of the National Assembly, charged with the responsibilities of carrying out oversight functions on the FCT Administration, to push for legislations to enhance development at the Area Councils.

She said this had become necessary in view of the slow pace of development recorded in the territory for almost four decades, stressing that no capital city like Abuja could be developed on budgetary allocations.

“Honourable committee members, it might interest you to note that out of 8,000 square kilometres of the territory, only 250square kilometres have been fully developed for almost four decades of developing the city.

”The remaining 7,750 square kilometres are yet to be developed. This goes to show that we must think out of the box to fast-track development in satellite towns and the Area Councils. We can no longer rely on budgetary allocations to develop this capital city,” Aliyu said. (NAN)

– Nov. 17, 2020 @ 17:55 GMT |

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