Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Nigeria To Build New City To Commemorate 100 Years
In the meeting presided by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Federal Executive Council briefing Wednesday, December 5, 2012, the executive council reached a conclusion, approving a new city to be built near Abuja as part of the scheduled programs for the country's 100 years of existence dating back to the "Amalgamation of the North and South Protectorate" in 1914. Briefing the press, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said the building of the city would be entirely a private enterprise, that no dime would come from the coffers of the government, adding that "all that government will do is to provide an area.
In Maku's own words:
“The new city that has been proposed as part of our centenary celebration is entirely private sector driven no kobo from government. Let that be very, very clear. This is absolutely private sector driven with private sector investment. All that government will do is to provide an area through the FCT, agreed on a proper design and then it will be taken up completely, totally by the private sector. The only few government facility that will be there will be an archaic for celebrations.”