Written by Austine ELEMUE

STDD executes over N19bn projects in two years

The Satellite Towns Development Department, STDD, has revealed that the department in two years spent over N19 billion for the constructing and rehabilitation of rural projects in the Federal Capital Territory. 

Also, the department said that the much awaited Apo-Karshi road has only about 30 percent remaining to be completed. 

Immediate past coordinator of STDD, Tanko Yamawo, made these revelations while responding to a question on the level of work on the road during his handover ceremony at the STDD head office in Karshi, Abuja, last week. 

The STDD boss who stated that the department did not have insufficient funding problem, said: "payment of capital projects witnessed uncommon improvement with the sum of Nigeria, N9,384,207,845.00 released under 2017 capital and over N10 billion released under the 2018 capital year being the first time in the history of STDD capital payments.  

"On Karshi-apo road, I think that we have gone about 70 percent on that road. I do not know when last you passed through that road, but I can tell you that we have achieved over 70 percent on that road. 

"The only portion left on that road is about three kilometers and it is mainly the portion with rocks. So as soon as that portion is done, it will pave way for quick completion of that important road,"  he stated.  

Speaking on other achievements of the department, Yamawo said: "We were able to bring back all the contractors that had abandoned projects awarded to them at the satellite towns before our appointment. 

"Today, I can tell you that we have completed some projects, such as the Gbagalape road, Karu embankment, Byazhin road in Kubwa, one in Dagiri, Gwagwalada, and many others. Today if you go round the six area councils, you must see the presence of STDD. 

"We thank the Hon. Minister for giving us the needed support by funding the satellite towns the way it has never been funded in the past and I want tell you that what we achieved within this one year and six months is something that some people cannot achieve in many years. 

"The challenges before us was funding, but I can tell you that this department is now adequately funded. The only challenge we have at the moment is for STDD to become STDA. So that it will have its own autonomy to operate like other secretariats. And that is the only thing I can say I regret leaving behind. I thought I was going to achieve that during my tenure."     

 

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