The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and government of Nasarawa State have agreed to establish a joint development commission that would focus on areas of common interests, particularly, infrastructure developments.
This revelation was made during a courtesy visit of the Nassarawa state governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
The Minister explained that the joint commission would enable the two territories to harmonize their plans, work towards joint spending, development and accruing revenue sharing.
According to Bello, “relationship between FCT and Nasarawa State is very close because the boundary between us is only imaginary. If you go there, you will find it difficult to see any difference.
“There is the need for us to see how we can improve the linkages. The founding fathers of the FCT envisaged that the surrounding territories would become greater Abuja.
“Our hope is that the Apo-Karshi road, when completed will ease traffic on the Nyanya axis, but it will not be enough because of the many communities that will spring up there.”
Bello gave the assurance that he would not allow illegal parks to appear on the side of the FCT, even as he urged the Governor to do the same on the side of the State.
The Minister also disclosed that the FCTA was seriously working on commencing construction of the rail line that connects the two places, even as he called on Nasarawa to also collaborate with the FCT if the state has rail development plan.
In his remarks, the Nasarawa State Governor said that his visit was to seek partnership with the FCT Administration for the construction of a modern bus terminal on the side of the State and move in all illegal parks along the road to help solve the protracted traffic situation on that axis.
Governor Sule also suggested the building of roadside barriers that would prevent roadside trading and promised to clear all illegal activities on the roads, even as he said he has been able to move traders into the State’s international market, named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Governor therefore congratulated Malam Bello for his reappointment as FCT and Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu as FCT Minister of State.
Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, in his presentation on the proposed ONEX-Mpape-Ado/Gurku-Nyanya by-pass, said that the 40k road was planned link FCT and Nasarawa State and also help decongest the area.
Engr. Jibrin also revealed that the future road project was composed of 18 kilometers for the FCT and 22 kilometres for Nasarawa State, adding that the FCTA has undertaken to do the contract design.
He listed traffic decongestion, socio-economic growth and provision of job opportunities to both professionals and artisans as major benefits of the project.
The Director, Satellite Towns Development, Engr. Felix Nwanko who also made a presentation on the progress of work on the Apo-Karshi road assured that the road would be ready by first quarter of next year.
Also speaking the Chairmen, Taskteam on traffic decongestion within the FCT Mr Ikharo Attah disclosed that travel time has been reduced from hours to less than 15 minutes on Nyanya route.
He therefore pointed out that for traffic on the road to remain free, relevant agencies such as the FRSC, VIO, Police and the AEPB must do their job, and run shift to permanently keep the traders in the markets but not on the road.