The Deputy Senate
President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to regulate the activities of estate developers to ensure structured development of the FCT.
Ekweremadu gave the advice recently in Abuja after the 2014 FCTA Statutory Budget Bill was read for the second time on the floor of the Senate.
He decried the activities of the estate developers who construct properties without providing the necessary amenities for the residents.
Ekweremadu urged the FCTA to put in place effective strategy to monitor housing projects being built by the estate developers in the FCT.
“They (estate developers) are not being well regulated because most of the properties they have developed are lacking in infrastructure.
“It is not in our interest that you come to an estate, they don’t have roads, they don’t have electricity and they don’t have water. That is completely unacceptable.
“If it is part of the contract for them to develop, then it should be enforced that those properties are accompanied with adequate facilities.
“But if it is the business of the FCDA to bring about facilities and infrastructure you have to make sure that happens, so that the FCT is well developed,” he said.
Ekweremadu also advised the relevant Senate committees to step up their oversight to ensure effective partnership between the area councils and the FCTA for coordinated development of the territory.
According to him, out of the total proposal of N271.1 billion in the 2014 FCTA Statutory Budget, N49.2 billion is for personnel costs while overhead costs get N62.8 billion.
“The balance of N159 billion is to cater for capital projects within the FCT for the financial year commencing from January 1 and ending on December 31.”
The Senate subsequently referred the budget proposals to its Committee on FCT for further legislative action and submits a report within one week.