Over the years, a lot of efforts by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to protect and maintain the Abuja master plan.
Land use, urban design and infrastructure have been the key drivers towards the successful implementation or otherwise of the 30-years plan.
As the Federal capital continues to expand, environmental hazards such as torrential flooding, earth tremors have made the effective implementation of this plan a no-brainer.
Consequently the FCDA has always sought the support and backing of key institutions to make the masterplan a dynamic success.
It was therefore a massive boost for the FCDA as the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) pledged to support it in its quest to ensure that infrastructural development in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adhered to the master plan.
This pledge was made when the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Gambo Jubrin, paid a courtesy visit to COREN President, Ali Rabiu, in Abuja.
Rabiu commended efforts of FCDA in actualising the core mandate of the agency which was the physical development in the FCT, and assured the outfit of the council’s support.
He noted that because the city was growing, there were bound to be challenges, such as flooding, arising from citizens’ poor attitude.
On his part, the FCDA executive secretary Gambo Jubrin said Abuja was unique as it was the only city in the country that had a master plan with all developments tailored toward conforming to it.
He said that the FCDA had the responsibility to ensure that whatever was put on ground in the city conformed with that master plan arrangement.
“Just like COREN is there to checkmate every activity of engineers and the engineering family, the FCDA is also expected to do everything to deliver infrastructure services and facilities that will be very functional and to the requirement of COREN.
“FCDA has been very professional in what we do; aside effective delivery of services to residents of FCT, we have played our role in various professional developmenst.
“I want to assure you that we will remain resolute as professionals to give service to FCT residents and to humanity,” Jubrin said.
He said that there was a master plan that specified how things should be done, adding that any deviation would lead to failure in the system.
Jibrin urged citizens to be law abiding and obey regulations, especially in movement within the city, to make Abuja city habitable even as development continued.