The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has began the process of tracking infrastructural facilities and social amenities in the six Area Councils and Satellite Towns in the Territory. The Administration has established a Ministerial Committee on Baseline Data Surveys for the Planning and Development of the Area Councils and Satellite Towns in the FCT.
The Honourable Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, who inaugurated the Committee, said several efforts had been geared towards the provision of infrastructural facilities and social amenities in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns by the Administration and other developmental agencies.
“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.
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 stated.
The Ministerial Committee is chaired by the Special Adviser (Lands) to Permanent Secretary, FCT, Chief Steven Awoniyi and has as members Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Micah Jiba, who is representing all the six Area Councils chairmen; Senior Special Assistant (Special Duties) to the Minister of State, Mrs. Jummai Kwanashie; Senior Special Assistant (Technical) to the Minister of State, Engr. Kunle Mokuolu; Director of Satellite Towns Development Agency, Alhaji Tukur Bakori, and Director of Economic Planning, Research & Statistics, FCTA, Alhaji Ari Isa Mohammed.
Other members include: Director of Monitoring, Area Councils Service Secretariat, Architect Joshua Kaura; Director, Abuja Geographic Information System, Alhaji Mohammed Isah Jalo; Special Assistant (Projects) to the FCT Minister, Prince Ajah Nwabueze Igwe; Special Assistant on Area Councils to the Minister of State, Alhaji Ibraheem Ibraheem, and Principal Consultant of Fola Consult Limited, Alhaji S.A. Olajide.
The minister listed the terms of reference of the Committee to include: to identify all development agencies responsible for the provision of facilities and services in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns; to profile infrastructural facilities and amenities available, stage of utilisation, challenges and potentials in FCT; and to x-ray all services available and identify service gaps in the areas of Agriculture, Education, Health, Transport Water, Sanitation, and Parks & Recreation.
Other terms of reference are: to provide guidance on analysis and documentation of the overall information generated from the field into the data base; to 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 FCT Administration’s commitment to serve the FCT residents and Nigerians by ensuring a balance growth and quality service delivery throughout the FCT.
She disclosed 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.
Akinjide explained, “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.