By Daniel Idonor
ANKARA, TURKEY – The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed is in Turkey to explore the rapid progress of the country in infrastructure development and management to bring concrete changes to the FCT.
The Minister who is part of the 15-member federal government delegation led by President Goodluck Jonathan currently on two-day state visit to the country, told reporters in Ankara that he was in negotiations with Turkish authorities with a view to securing their assistance in the provision of infrastructures such as roads, bridges and shopping malls in Abuja.
He observed that Turkey has the necessary expertise to construct roads and bridges within four months as can be seen in the country, saying that if that was available to the FCT, it would help to bring visible achievements for the federal capital within the shortest possible time.
According to him, “there are a lot of benefits for the FCT to be derived from this visit. I am interested in tangible development that can be measured within the shortest possible time. Here (Turkey), they can build roads and bridges within a few months. In Abuja, we don’t have big shopping malls. If we can tap into the expertise of the Turkish government, it will bring rapid development to our people.
“I have been engaged in meetings with them since I came. We are also looking at other sectors like education. If we succeed in our negotiations with them, very soon our people will begin to enjoy the fruits of the efforts,” Senator Mohammed said.
The Nigerian government delegation is in Turkey to work out bilateral agreements that are mutually beneficial to both countries in various sectors of their economies.
The FCT minister, had on arrival, paid a courtesy on the mayor of Ankara, and also visited projects sites that have direct bearing on the physical development of Abuja.
Already, officials from the ministries of commerce and industry of both countries have concluded the preparation of the agreement, codenamed: “Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement, IPPA” which will be signed this morning by the Presidents of the two countries.