By Funmi Olasupo

The outgoing Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina has tasked the incoming administration to be led by President-elect Muhammed Buhari on the completion of the 8 years construction project on the site that would now serve as the Ministry’s headquarters.

Zainab Maina
Zainab Maina

The project was initially conceived and planned to serve as the National Children’s Library and Resource Center in 2005 to improve their knowledge on ICT and provide data base on children’s matters in the country.

While leading stakeholders? on an inspection tour of the uncompleted building in Abuja, the Minister stated that the project, which was re-awarded to Saidi Nigeria Limited in 2007, was suspended in 2008 due to paucity of funds.

According to her, this went on for 5 years until the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan upon appeals made by the Ministry, not only approved resumption of work on the site but also approved a change in use of the project for the Ministry’s headquarters.

She said the six storey structure was about 70 to 75 percent completed expressing hope that this would be completed within the next 6 months. Maina who explained that this could only be achieved if funds are made available for this cause, noted;” I cannot say that we received up to 40 to 50 percent of the entire budget for the building.”

The project, upon completion, she said, will serve as a centre for promoting Women, Children, persons with disabilities and elderly related issues. It is also expected to serve as the coordinating centre for the activities of all the Ministry’s Poverty alleviation and skill acquisition facilities in the country.

“The completion of the project, apart from providing a conducive working environment, will greatly impact positively on the Ministry’s output and position it to properly articulate its mandate of promoting the cause of women, children and persons living with disabilities in the country.” she said

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