The federal government is set to remodel as well as upgrade the Federal Secretariat Complex in Abuja, through Public Private Partnership (PPP) to ensure safety of staff and boost productivity.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita made this known while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Pilot PPP with Alpha Mead Development Company Limited yesterday in Abuja.
She said that the MoU is to enable the company remodel the ground floor and the car parking lots of block ‘A’ Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase II. She noted that the state of the building was no longer conducive for workers, hence the partnership was necessary to give the office a face lift.
“For years we have been seeking for funds to work on the secretariat, so we decided to think out of the box and go into PPP, to resuscitate the federal secretariat. Everyday members of staff come to office that are in a deplorable state. If you give staff a good working environment, they would be encouraged to put in their best. This is a pilot project, if we are able to succeed in this we will expand the project to all the phases of the secretariat,” Oyo-Ita said.
Group managing director, Alpha Mead Development Company Limited, Mr Femi Akintunde said that productivity enhancement was achievable with a conducive working environment. He said that, the pilot project which will take six months to complete and would be inaugurated in January, 2019, would start with the Ground Floor of Block A, where over 1,000 office spaces would be created and 800 car park spaces to ensure safety and sanity of staff.
“Partnering with government is usually slow but I have seen speed and determination in this project on the part of the Head of Service. We want to create a serviceable and maintenance workspace that will meet world standard. The Federal Secretariat is the engine room that drives the nation’s economy and must be conducive. We are looking at taking limited resources and turning it into something great,” Akintunde said.
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