Nasarawa State Governor Nyesom Wike has announced that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will collaborate with his administration to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.
When Nasarawa’s governor, Abdullahi Sule, paid a Friday visit to the FCT minister’s office in Abuja, the latter made the remark.
Wike noted that Nasarawa State is close to the Federal Capital Territory, and he emphasized the importance of cooperation between the two in order to advance both.
To create a metro rail from Apo to Keffi and to finish the road artery from Abacha Barracks to Masaka, he said FCTA would initiate talks with the Nasarawa State Government.
Wike said that the metro line is expensive but vital, and that work is proceeding at full speed to finish it within the next seven months, as President Bola Tinubu has ordered.
He said that a lack of funding was the primary problem hindering the FCT’s development efforts, and that numerous projects and contracts had been approved but were never carried through because of this.
Wike said that Abuja cannot develop if its initiatives do not have an equivalent and beneficial impact on Nasarawa State, and he revealed that FCTA is currently selecting large projects with high impact that can be financed and finished.
He also emphasized the importance of working more closely with the government of Nasarawa to address security concerns.
However, the FCT minister cited a lack of funding in his refusal to commit to the development of land for a clean city, as requested by the Nasarawa Government.
Governor Sule of Nasarawa State highlighted the need of collaboration between the Federal Capital Territory and his state by noting that over 40% of Abuja’s workforce commutes from Nasarawa.
Why the path from Abacha Barracks to the border is so nebulous in Nyanya is because of this. Problems with transportation are plaguing us. However, we know that the road will extend all the way to Masaka because of the FCT’s road network to the border. The Federal Capital Territory has a role to play, and the [Nasarawa] state administration will do its share as well, he said.