Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has instructed the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to facilitate the provision of infrastructure in the designated area for the construction of residential buildings for judges in Katampe District, Abuja,Daily Trust reports.
Furthermore, the minister has directed the FCDA to ensure the development of infrastructure, particularly roads, in the area allocated for the construction of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, situated in Jabi District, Abuja.
Wike issued these directives in Abuja on Tuesday after inspecting the sites, emphasizing that construction should not commence in the absence of necessary infrastructure.
He stated, “We previously mentioned our plans to build accommodation for Judges of the Federal High Court, the FCT High Court, and Justices of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division. During our site visits, we observed that essential infrastructures are yet to be provided.”
“We have instructed the FCDA to promptly furnish the needed infrastructures to initiate the construction of residential buildings. Commencement is contingent upon having basic infrastructure in place,” he affirmed.
Wike also highlighted that the chosen location for the construction of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal in Jabi lacks essential infrastructure, particularly in terms of roads.
“I have instructed the FCDA to ensure the necessary infrastructure, especially roads, is in place and to acquire buildings for public purposes, compensate appropriately, and annex them as part of the Court of Appeal Complex,” he declared.
The minister emphasized that these initiatives are part of the government’s commitment to renewing the public’s hope and trust, aligning with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
Additionally, Wike disclosed that the FCT Administration has finalized plans to construct a Memorial Centre at Jabi on the site where a shopping mall collapsed in 2018, resulting in seven fatalities.
“I learned that the FCT intended to build a memorial center at the site to honor those who lost their lives, but this has not been realized. Therefore, I visited the site and instructed the Director of Parks and Recreation to create a proper design for a modern memorial park to commemorate those who lost their lives,” he explained.
Wike indicated that all these projects would commence once the 2024 budget is passed and receives President Tinubu’s assent.