BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI
Determined to illuminate major streets of the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital territory administration (FCTA) said that it would spend over N1 billion on 22 generator sets to power the streets lights in Abuja.
Speaking when she met with streets light contractors in her office, coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Hajiya Safiya Umar explained that the cost for the supply of the 22 generator sets stands at over N500m, while the procurement process and installation of the sets will gulp another N500m.
Umar added that, at the moment, the administration has taken the delivery of five of the generator sets, while the installation is ongoing in parts of the city, just as efforts are being made to conclude the procurement process for the remaining 17 generator sets.
“We are to supply 22 generator sets for the supply of streets lights in parts of Abuja city and the contract for the first set of five generators has been awarded. At the moment, the installation of the five generators is ongoing at in parts of the city
The streets where the generator sets are being installed at Herbert Macaulay Way, NEPA Junction, Wuse Zone 6 and others.”
She called on the streets light contractors to keep a 24-hour surveillance of the transformers to avoid it being vandalized, even though they belong to AEDC, adding that the FCT minister, Malam
Muhammad Musa Bello wants the streets in the city to be as bright as it was 20 years ago.
She continued: “Feel free to make suggestions that would bring about improvements whenever you observe there should be a better way of doing things. No one has monopoly of knowledge. Nigeria belongs to all of us. So we have to be diligent, honest, dedicated and patriotic in all we do.”
One of the contractors, Engr. Jerome Egbo in his contribution, stated that maintaining “street light was a tedious job”, decrying high level of fake materials in the market.
Egbo however, expressed concern that “sometimes, AEDC deliberately switch off light to frustrate street light contractors, especially during trouble shooting”, adding that the contractors would collaborate with the administration and also maintain a cordial working relationship with the AEDC.
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