By Laide Akinboade
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said it has concluded arrangements in starting slum upgrade in Abuja.
The Director, Monitoring And Inspection, TpL Olawale Labiyi, stated this while speaking to journalists while doing inspection in Kwali, Orozo, in Abuja, he said the upgrade of Slums in Abuja is a welcome Development by the administration.
Adding that the administration has already awarded Contract for detailed Engineering Design and Preparation for the Abuja Integrated Infrastructure Project. The project involves Orozo in the Abuja Municipal Area Council and Kwali .
Labiyi said this was a laudable project that will impact positively the lives of the masses, and urged the Contractors to expedite action on the designs.
The Leader of the Team that inspected the designs, Engineer Ijirotimi Olanrewaju said that the scope of the work includes carrying out of Reconnaissance Survey of the project area, planning design, preliminary and final Engineering designs that will include Roads,Water,Sewage and electricity.
He said the contracts were awarded under Satellite Towns Development Department and the aim is to upgrade the Slums so that they can benefit from the same quality of infrastructure that is obtainable in the City Centre.
According to Engineer Olanrewaju, ” We are all aware that Communities like Orozo, Kwali and others in Abuja have unplanned developments and the plan of government is to provide Infrastructure that is commensurate to that in the City Centre.
“The Team Leader said that the first step in achieving this is the Design Stage that will appraise the current situation on ground and that is what the contractors are working on.
Engr Olanrewaju said previous areas of challenges is that of Compensation so the Contractors have done well in bringing on board the Communities so that they can help identify properties that will be affected by the upgrade.
According to The Team Leader, the Consultants have started some work and we have been able to make our input as we discovered that there was no synergy with relevant departments like Urban And Regional Planning.
Engr Ijirotimi Olanrewaju said no planning of Slum upgrade can be done without URP. “Department Of Urban And Regional Planning are the agency charged with the responsibility of integrating the end product of the design into the Masterplan “.
He was optimistic that the Contractors will be able to meet up because they are moving in the right direction. The Contract for Orozo slum upgrade was awarded to M/S Grid Design Associates, While that of Kwali Area Council was awarded to M/S Alim And Associates.