FCT to Spend N15bn on Satellite Towns The Federal Capital Territory(FCT) administration will commit N15billion to the development of satellite towns in 2010.
FCT Minister Adamu Aliero told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that this was in addition to the N10 billion earmarked for the development of the satellite towns in the 2009 budget.
The Satellite Towns Development Agency was established to provide infrastructure to satellite towns and when I came I realised that there was a huge gap between what is supposed to be provided and what is actually provided.
While preparing the 2009 budget, we saw that nothing was provided for satellite towns development and we felt that in order to de-congest the city, there was the need to provide standard infrastructure for the satellite towns.
So we provided N10 billion for the development of the satellite towns in the 2009 budget and right now, engineering infrastructure is being provided in places like Karshi, Bwari, Kubwa, Jikwoyi and two other satellite towns. It is our intention that in the 2010 budget, we will make additional provision of about N15 billion for satellite town development.
AWe are not only going to provide engineering infrastructure, we will provide basic services like health centres, hospitals where possible and schools will also be constructed,@ he said.
The minister said that the Federal government considered the development of the FCT a priority and had made plans to ensure that Nigerians enjoyed their stay in the capital city.