Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Minister reads riot act to FCT Farm Estate allottees

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has read a stern riot act to all allottees in the FCT Fish Farm, Bwari Area Council to within the next two months develop their plots or have them revoked.
Handing down this warning when he visited the fish farm estate in Bwari last week, Bello decried that out of one hundred allottees of 800 square meter of land each, for fishing and other farming activities within the estate, only four are operational, almost five years it was commissioned.
According to him, “All those people who have plots in this place, I want within two months, let everybody come and put his or her fish pond, or else, we will revoke such.
“I am really not happy at all, I must say so, honestly, and I am very disappointed also. You want government to come and do everything.
“The best government can do is to get this kind of layout, arrange it for people to come and develop. We have given people big plots, and nobody is developing the place.”
Bello particularly warned some allottees who are turning the fish estate into a exclusive residential area.
His words: “The people that are thinking they are going to create housing estate here, to get people to come and rent -no way! In fact, everybody should suspend the building of houses, and do the fish bonds.
“You can live in Bwari town; you live in Abuja city and work here in the morning, in the evening you go back. Then after five years, when your house is ready you park in.
“The provision of the access roads, I’m removing it from the budget. Let the farms start first, and then the road will follow. Let me see development on ground.
“You think you can get allocation and sell it to people, you build houses and rent, and you think this is a farm land. This place has to be a farm land. I will be coming here every month.”
The Minister maintained that the estate was a “government intervention that commenced in 2012 to encourage families to go into fish farming, leveraging on the water resources available in the FCT, as well as the enormous market.
“Also it was based on the realization that there is a huge gap between the demand for fish and supply for fish.
“So I came in here as part of my general policy drive of ensuring that all good projects that are meant to be of immense benefits to the residents of the FCT that were commenced previous administrations are completed.
“And based on what I have seen here, and based on my interactions with staff, we will make sure that, by the grace of God, that this project fulfils its mandate.”
Meanwhile, Manager of the facility, Mrs. Chinwendu Ogbonnaya, who received the Minister and his entourage, attributed the seemingly non development of the farm estate to dearth of basic amenities.
She revealed that most allottees have expressed serious concern about lack of pipe borne water, electricity supply and good road network in the estate, which government had failed to address, due to paucity of funds.

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