The House of Representatives committee on federal capital territory
(FCT), yesterday, approved the establishment of a college of
agriculture for the federal capital territory ( FCT) .
The committee at a public hearing on four bills and two motions
targeted at the administration of the FCT is also expected to approve
the creation of the Abuja University of Science and Technology.
Other bills include the Bill for an Act seeking to establish FCT Wider
Area Planning and Development Commission, and FCT Security Trust Fund.
While the motions are meant to determine the status of underdeveloped
allotted plots in the FCT as well as investigate the sale of National
Defence College quarters.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Herman Hembe explained that
facilities for the yet to be established Abuja University of Science
and Technology is ready for take-off, adding that the House would
ensure speedy passage of the bill.
“The FCT is still young, and the process of law making is relatively
slow, so you can understand why it is taking so much time. This time
around, we are trying to work towards getting the concurrence of the
Senate so that we can transmit to the presidency,” he said.
Deputy chairman of the House committee on media and public affairs,
Hon. Jonathan Gwefi, who initiated the Bill on Wider Communities,
explained that implementing measures inclined to developing the wider
areas that serve as separate residential communities within commuting
distance of Abuja Municipal Council was essential.
Gbwefi who represents Karu/Keffi/Kokona federal constituency of
Nasarawa State, noted that four states including Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger
and Kaduna have border communities with the FCT.
He explained that these suburbs have recorded high population
densities in terms of accommodating majority of the people working in
the FCT, but cannot afford to live there. ELANZANEWS.M