The sum of N2 billion has been earmarked by Federal Capital Territory for the completion of the official residence of Vice-President Namadi Sambo. The amount, presented in the 2013 budget, was in addition to the N1 billion earmarked in the 2012 budget for the same project, situated at Aso Drive.
This was made known by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed while presenting the FCT 2013 National Priority Project before the Senate Committee at the Federal Capital Territory, on Tuesday. The minister put the 2012 budgetary allocation of ministry at N46.2 billion, adding that total payment to date was about N31.7 billion, while the balance was under process.
This development is coming up just as the FCT Minister insists that no law can stop the demolition of 31 estates in the Federal Capital Territory. Senator Mohammed also said the FCT Ministry would go ahead with the planned demolition of 31 estates within the FCT.
However, when reminded of the subsisting court order which barred him and the ministry, he retorted, “Which law? Which law are you talking about? We have the responsibility to enforce the Master Plan. The FCDA has a law and the Abuja Master Plan is not compromising… I have a law on demolition. The law I don’t have is the one the chairman asked on the issue of parking. But for demolition, I have the law and I don’t even have to interfere with Development Control Law under the Land Use Act.