Abuja: Reps investigate infrastructure decay in Nigeria’s capital city

The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated the Committees on Federal Capital Territory, FCT and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils and Ancillary Matters to investigate the alleged decay in infrastructural facilities in the FCT and its environs.

The House committees was also expected to make recommendations on how best the problems would be addressed, and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

The House resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Nasiru Sule Garo entitled, “Need to Address the Decaying Infrastructural Facilities in Abuja”.

The lawmaker in his motion explained that, “the creation of Abuja as the Capital city of Nigeria arose as a vision of our past leaders to have a modern capital city built with modern infrastructural facilities that could compete favourably with capital cities of other advanced countries of the world”.

According to him, ” in realization of this noble vision, humongous amounts have been spent by successive governments to construct Abuja with modern facilities like roads, road markings and signs, streets and traffic lights, state of the art buildings, electricity, water, trees, flowers and green areas, among others for decent living of the inhabitants of the Federal Capital City.

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“Over the years, on account of neglect in the maintenance of those facilities by relevant agencies as well the criminal activities of vandals, the infrastructural facilities in the capital city have seriously deteriorated.

” The serene, beautiful and previously well illuminated Capital city of Abuja is fast losing its glory as most of the installed streets lightings and other infrastructural facilities are either no longer functional or have been damaged beyond repairs with most parts of the city now in darkness at night.

“The situation is now assuming a dangerous dimension as miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements capitalize on the situation to wreak havoc on unsuspecting inhabitants, leading to an upsurge in crimes at Abuja.

” The need for intervention to address the problems in order to restore Abuja to the status of a modern city that was envisioned by its founding fathers”, he stated.

The motion was passed when the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara put it to voice vote.

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