Senate hands over maintenance of Abuja City to banks, corporations

The Senate Thursday said that it has handed over the maintenance of major roads, streets and other public domains within Abuja metropolis to corporate bodies.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, stated this at a media briefing in Abuja.

Melaye asserted that this decision was not new or unusual, but rather, in compliance with the organisation’s corporate social responsibility.

“We discovered that despite the fact that hundreds of millions spent from budgetary provisions of FCT annually paid to contractors for the maintenance of street lights and the maintenance of all the streets and environment of Abuja is not yielding any positive results.

“So, the committee decided to invite these banks and in line with their corporate social responsibility to the FCT, their host community that we are going to share all the major streets in Abuja to banks.

“These banks will now do the maintenance of street lights and be responsible for the environmental sanitation of all the streets, beautification of roundabouts where you have them and by so doing they will also have the logo of their companies or their brands advertised on the street lights.

“This is not a new trend across the globe and we want to believe that this will check wastage and it will also help to block leakages.

“The several millions paid to contractors for the maintenance of street lights and keeping the environment tidy and clean will be saved and this can now go to the development of satellite towns and provisions of infrastructural facilities in the suburbs of Abuja.

“Since we are in recession, we discovered that we must think outside the box. Not only banks even other corporate organisations in Abuja have decided and we have 18 corporate organisations that have accepted to work with us in this regard alongside 15 banks.

“In fact some of the companies that are into land swap business in Abuja have agreed.”

The lawmaker said this new reform he hoped will make Abuja – Nigeria’s capital city, now compare to other country capitals like Washington DC and London.

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