The Abuja administration will also use the opportunity to take stock of developmental efforts in Area Councils
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has constituted a ministerial committee on baseline data surveys for the planning and development of the Area Councils and satellite towns in Abuja.
The Minister of State for Abuja, Olajumoke Akinjide, said at the inauguration of the committee on Thursday in Abuja that this marks the beginning of the process to track infrastructural facilities and social amenities in the six area councils and satellite towns in the capital.
According to the minister, the Administration and other developmental agencies have made several to ensure the provision of basic infrastructural facilities and social amenities in the area councils and satellite towns.
“The FCT Administration has observed that various developmental efforts and provision of social amenities are becoming difficult to measure due to the lack of community baseline data to form the benchmark for tracking growth and developmental progress over time,” she said.
“The lack of coordination in the provision of facilities and amenities by the various developmental stakeholders has also contributed to the inability to properly measure the developmental efforts. These have resulted in the concentration of services/facilities in certain areas while some have grossly been neglected,” she added.
The committee is chaired by the Special Adviser (Lands) to the Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Steven Awoniyi.
The terms of reference of the Committee include identifying all development agencies responsible for the provision of facilities and services in the Area Councils and satellite towns; profiling infrastructural facilities and amenities available, stage of utilisation, challenges and potentials in FCT; x-raying all services available; and identifying service gaps in the areas of Agriculture, Education, Health, Transport Water, Sanitation, and Parks & Recreation.
Other terms of reference include the provision of guidance on analysis and documentation of the overall information generated from the field into the database; produce the map of each of the area councils, indexing the location and distribution of the existing facilities and services; and to work with the FCT Boundary Committee to ensure proper physical demarcation of the Area Council Boundaries.
She reaffirmed the Abuja Administration’s commitment to serve the residents and Nigerians by ensuring a balanced growth and quality service delivery throughout the capital, adding that the baseline data survey would be consultancy based and spread over three major areas of developmental consultancy services; map production and facility indexing consultancy services; and Area Councils boundary demarcation consultancy services.
“The Developmental Consultancy Services will involve facility inventory and assessment surveys, which are aimed at providing information on the stage of infrastructural services and social amenities within the six Area Councils in terms of usage and functionality. The survey will cover areas such as Water, Health, Education, Agriculture, Environmental/Sanitation, Transport, Security, and Infrastructural Development.
“The Map Production and Facility Indexing Consultancy Services will entail the production of maps for each of the Area Councils showing all the location and distribution of the facilities and services, while the Boundary Demarcation Consultancy Services will involve physical boundary demarcation of the various Area Councils,” she said.