Nigeria will complete renovation works on the United Nation building hit in a 2011 Boko Haram bomb attack, and hand the property to the UN in the next six months, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, John Chukwu, has said.
Mr. Chukwu made the promise to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, shortly after laying a wreath in honour of the victims of the unfortunate bomb attack on the UN House on August 26, 2011.
He said the Nigerian Government would do everything possible to ensure that the renovation and reconstruction work is completed within the period of six months.
He challenged the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria, to work round the clock even if it means running three shifts to complete the work in order to put th
e sad event behind.
“The contractors already said they will need between five to eight months to get the job fixed, but I have asked them to fast track their approach by working 24 hours to get it done within five months.
“We cannot afford to delay here anymore, this project is very important because Nigeria
n government is committed to its obligations,” he said.
The permanent secretary reiterated that the FCT Administration and the UN had sorted out all grey areas at meetings with UN experts.
The Division Manager of the Julius Berger, Marco Braun, assured that with adequate funding the firm would deliver.
The solemn wreath laying is part of the UN Secretary-General’s programme in Nigeria.