A motion to review the Abuja master plan was moved at the House of Representatives by Rep. Nnenna Ukeje (Abia – PDP).
The motion was unanimously adopted by the house.
The House urged the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, to commence the review of Abuja master plan in order to accommodate small and medium scale enterprise in the city.
The members of the house who lent their voice to the motion said, the master plan should reflect the current social, economic and demographic realities.
They also asked Mr. Bello to direct the FCT Development Control to stop the demolition of small and medium businesses within the capital city, pending the outcome of engagement with the House Committee on FCT.
The motion was moved under matters of urgent public importance.
Mrs. Ukeje said UN had reportend that between 2000 and 2010, Abuja experienced 139.7 per cent growth, making it the fastest growing city in the world at a population of 3 million people.
Right now, with an annual growth of 35 per cent due in part to urban drift, migration due to insecurity, economic and social migration, the population of Abuja is hovering at about 6.5 million people, and which is projected to hit 10 million in 2018.
Mrs Ukeje expressed concern about the statistics as released this week by the National Bureau of Statistics which showed that the country was moving from recession to depression following consecutive quarters of negative growth.
She said “there have been repeated calls for review of the Abuja master plan as stipulated, to reflect present day realities as the present situation has ambushed the city’s dream.
She also said that, “Certain deviations to the original plan such as NNPC plaza, military barracks, Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Asokoro express way, drainage infractions in Apo area have significantly altered the Abuja master plan.
“These remain unchecked as they have been explained to be expedient at the time.
“We watch with dismay as small and medium businesses become focus of demolition exercise,’’ Mrs. Ukeje said.
The lawmaker reiterated that there is need for the government to create at least 30 million jobs to cater for the growing population, rather than tearing down the means of livelihood of the common man.
The House mandated its Committee on FCT to engage the Minister of FCT and relevant agencies of the ministry and report back to it in two weeks.
Written by Okolo Ezinne