Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

Gbagalape road 70% completion - Yamawo

The Coodinator of Satallight Towns Development Department, STDD, Mr. Ishiak Yamawo, has revealed that the Gbagalape road construction project is about 70 percent completed.  

He stated this during a site tour of the project with some journalists last week.  

According to him, the sum of N501 million was released for the project and about N174 million have been spend so far on the job and the work is 60 to 70 percent completed.  

He, however, disclosed that certain contingency measures are being considered to introduce side railings along the brinks of the slope in order to make the road safer.  

According to him, "what we have achieved here is not a miracle but by the kind gesture of the minister release of funds to be able to continue with the work. A month ago, I came to check the work and the contractor has done beyond what I expected him to do in such a short time. I am surprised with the level of work achieved..  

"We received complaints that the way the place is sloppy; there is concern that there must be protective railings. We will look at the contingency we have and see how we can bring up the rail on the sides.”  

Chairman of Gbagalape, Wale Ajibolade stated,"For us it is a super miracle, in the past years anytime it rains, we use to park vehicles far from our places and trek about 1.5km and still get wet. People said it wasn't possible but the coodinator of STDD has broken the jinx".  

He also called on the contractor for the installation of speed breakers, saying that "the road is yet to be completed, and the speed is to much, Let's guide against unwarranted deaths".  

However, residents of Gbagalape have commended the FCT Minister for the release of funds for the construction of the road which in time passed many residents have described as valley of death.  

A resident of Gbagalape, Mr. Idde Amenam told our correspondent that he has lived there for 9 years and this is the first time work is being done on this road, just as he called on government for the speedy completion of the road project before the rainy season commences.  

Caleb Onwe a former resident of Gbagalape stated that he left because of the condition of the road.  

According to him, "Gbagalape has been a valley of death. Before now, once it rained, was unpassable and very sloppy . I was shocked when I saw the development and transformation of the road I used to know. I feel like returning back to this place.  

Giving his assurance to the visiting team, the Site Engineer, Proportions Dredging and Construction Company, Engr. Frank Asiegbu, said work has reached 70 percent, adding that the company is working really hard to ensure that the completion date of end of May is achieved.  

FCDA unveils police post in Galuwyi Shere resettlement  

Ahead of planned relocation and resettlement of some FCT indigenous communities to Galuwyi Shere Resettlement site, the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, has unveiled a befitting police post, to boost security in the area.  

The well equipped security facility , which is one of the four police posts being constructed in the resettlement area, was officially handed over to the FCT Police Command last week.  

Speaking at a brief handover ceremony at the site, FCDA Executive Secretary, Umar Jibril, noted that the completion and unveiling of the police post signifies the resolve of the FCTA to quickly move in seven indigenous communities in the first phase of the resettlement scheme.  

He said the issue of security is critical, as it gives assurance to the communities expected to be moved into the area.  

According to him, "henceforth all efforts will be done swiftly to complete the resettlement scheme, in order to ameliorate the plight of affected indigenous people, who are chocking in the city".  

The FCDA boss disclosed reinvigorated efforts to kick off the much awaited relocation exercise with movement of Jabi Yakubu community into the new site, within the next few weeks.  

In the same vein, Director, Resettlement and Compensation Department, Alh Baba Umar, described the development as a milestone in the quest to resettle indigenous people of Abuja.  

He said in line with the commitment to securing lives and property in the FCT, it was apt to include a police post among other amenities in the new site.  

According to him, seven native villages are expected to be resettled in the place, with proposed 2, 276 houses in the new site, adding that the completion and handover to the police would boost the development of the area.  

He disclosed that government has perfected plans to provide a total of eight police posts and stations in the new settlement.  

On her part, the Mpape Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Davies Olabisi, who received keys of the police post on behalf of the FCT Police Command, promised to ensure the effective utilization of the security facility.    

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