The Nigerian Vice President wants a time frame for the development of communities around the FCT.
The Presidential Committee on the Federal Government Intervention for Infrastructural Development of Peri-FCT Communities has been directed to fix a time frame in the recommendations for the development of communities in contiguous states.
Vice President Namadi Sambo gave the order at a meeting with the Technical Sub-Committee in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
The main communities being proposed for Federal Government complimentary intervention for infrastructure development are Suleja and environs in Niger State; Karu/Mararaba axis in Nassarawa State and Chikara in Kogi.
Other benefiting communities in the Federal capital Territory, FCT, are the satellite communities of Karshi, Jikwoyi, Nyanya, Karu and Zuba.
Mr. Sambo also directed that the financial involvement of the Federal Government, the affected States and the Local Governments should be clearly spelt out. He said a timeframe for completion should be contained in the recommendations.
He said that the idea of complimentary intervention of the Peri-FCT communities is not to build new towns but to develop the ghettos in the boundary communities to the Nigerian capital, Abuja
The Vice President urged the committee not to go beyond the communities surrounding Abuja.
He also cautioned that building schools to be jointly managed by the contiguous states and the FCT would not be necessary given that the Federal Government was operating the Universal Basic Education programme in all states and communities in the country.
Mr. Sambo also asked the committee to consider the immediate implementation of transportation, electricity, housing, portable water, health issues and sanitation in the affected areas.
He added that the amount already envisaged by the committee was on the high side.
He set up another committee headed by the Abuja Minister to work on the report presented by the main committee.
In his presentation, the Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed, said a combination of factors, have created development challenges in the Peri-FCT communities of Niger, Nassarawa and Kogi, resulting into severe infrastructure gaps.
He said the situation has led to the contiguous states and Abuja to appeal to the Federal Government for special intervention toward providing some relief to the affected communities.