Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
Federal Capital Territory chapter of Trade Union Congress (TUC) FCT chapter has called on the territory’s administration to immediately implement the Treasury Single Account (TSA) so as to create fiscal discipline and ensure provision of access roads in the territory.
The Chairman of Union, Mr Aliyu Abdulhakeem, made the call in Abuja during his Workers Day address, adding that the adoption of the TSA in FCT will address leakages that have been reported over the years the area councils.
According to him “existing road projects like the Orozo-Karshi-Abaji link road, Karshi-Garki access Road; Gwagwa-Deidei link road and the Mararaban-Gurku-Asom Pada-Mpape link road should be given urgent attention. Urgent completion of these road projects will go a long way in addressing traffic congestion in the city of Abuja”.
Aliu expressed disappointment over large number of completed, but unoccupied, structures in the FCT despite the fact that the properties were constructed on lands provided by the FCT administration for large-scale housing projects to take care of the housing needs of workers in the territory.
“Indeed we are saddened and very worried about the large numbers of unoccupied buildings and housing estates that litter the FCT.
“This ugly development has not reduced the housing deficit, but exacerbated it even more and we are calling on the FCTA to repossess these properties so that they can be sold or rented out to workers”, he stated.
Aliu urged the FCTA to address indiscriminate dumping of refuse on major roads in the territory.
“We are calling for stricter legislation to address the irresponsible dumping of refuse on major roads by many residents. This is creating serious health and environmental hazards to other residents and should be arrested urgently”, he said.
The labour leader further commended the FCTA for the provision of special funding for education, as well as the creation of five special schools in Abaji, Garki, Kuje, Maitama and Jakasa.
He however, appealed to the minister to improve funding for the special schools.