FCTA to spend N1bn to renovate national mosque, christian center
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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is set to spend N1 billion for the renovation of the national mosque and national ecumenical center.
FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello who disclosed this on Thursday, June 3, while featuring at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also revealed that the FCTA has started generating over N200 billion annually through its aggressive internally generated revenue (IGR) drive.
He said the FCT is now rated second in terms of IGR drive, and intends to beat Lagos as the highest revenue generating state in the country.
While the sum of N1 billion (N500 million each) had been set aside to renovate the National Mosque and National Christian Centre, to make them presentable tourist sites for visitors coming into the city of Abuja, the administration will also renovate the Federal Secretariat and National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
The sitting arrangements in the two chambers at the national assembly would be changed.
The minister also stated that about N52bn has been set aside for the construction of a road linking the Umaru Yar’adua Expressway (Airport Road) to Kuje town.
Bello stated that his administration will make sure that at least a substantial aspect of the work is done before the end of his administration.
“We are working on an expressway, it’s called the regional road 105 that will link airport express directly to Kuje town. This is something that we will not complete, but it is a project we have initiated with about N52 billion naira. But we are going to make sure that at least some substantial aspect of the work is done before we continue the next set.
“Abuja is obviously a work in progress. So that’s why when we came in, we said we’re going to complete what others started, and then now that we’ve done reasonable milestones, we will initiate a number of projects that we’ll see later, which we hope those coming later will complete.”