The Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it spent N19 billion on projects in Abuja satellite towns in 2017 and 2018 financial year.
Speaking during a handover ceremony at the STDD headquarters in Karshi, yesterday, the coordinator , Ishaku Yamawo, explained that N9,384,207,854. 00, was released by the FCTA to the department in 2017, while N10 billion was released in 2018 for the development of capital projects.
Yamawo noted that the amount is the first of its kind in the history of the department, adding that the achievements recorded within the last one year of his administration remained outstanding.
He revealed that on assumption of duties in 2017, he had met many challenges such as inadequate funding to execute projects, abandonment of projects by contractors and delay in contract documentations, among others.
He noted that some of the challenges have been addressed through the efforts of the FCT minister, Musa Bello, management team of the department and dedicated staff.
Yamawao added that the Apo-Karshi Road has reached 70 per cent completion.
He stated that efforts are also being made to upgrade the STDD into an Agency so that it would have its own autonomy and operate like other secretariats.
He continued: “Today, I can tell you that we have completed some projects in FCT satellite towns, such as at Gbagalape Road, Karu embankment, Byazhin Road in Kubwa, one in Dagiri community inGwagwalada area council, and many others. Today if you go round the six area councils in FCT, you must feel the presence of STDD.
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