Senate moves to decongest Abuja

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has passed a bill for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory Borderline Communities Development Commission for second reading.

The bill sponsored by Sen. David Umaru (APC, Niger) follows a recommendation in the Abuja Master Plan that a Special Joint Planning Body to address the socio-economic and security impact of the rapid urbanization of the FCT be put in place.

As highlighted by Sen. Umaru when leading the debate of the bill on Wednesday, the objectives of the bill is to “address the problem of exponential population explosion in regards to housing and infrastructural deficit in Abuja.

He said: “It would cater for communities on the border of the FCT which would now offer alternative housing to thousands of workers including legislative aides and also serving a repository for the overflowing population from the FCT.

“It would also bridge the infrastructural gap between the FCT borderline communities and FCT in order to help decongest the FCT.”

The bill was adopted and referred to the Committee on FCT to report back in four weeks.

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