SFG Pius Anyim Declares That Abuja Centenary City Is Going To Be More Las Vegas And Not FESTAC
The Federal Government has said it will not allocate money to build the planned 1,000-hectare Abuja Centenary City to commemorate the 100 years of the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, who spoke in Lagos on Thursday on the activities to mark the event, explained that the building of the city would be private sector driven.
The SGF said, “What we are planning to do is to mark the nation’s centenary in a way to create enduring atmosphere of development across the country. The Abuja Centenary City is not an estate and not one that to be funded by the government. What we have planned to do is to get the private sector engaged to develop the city and run it.
“The city itself will be for leisure, business and social centre; we want to create those things that Nigerians usually go abroad to look for. You will have entertainment centre; you will have commercial areas; you will have modern hotels and all of these will be in about 1,000 hectares of land, which is already mapped out in Abuja. It is not going to be an estate like FESTAC.”
He called on Nigerians not to see the celebration as a jamboree, adding that the construction of the city alone would generate about 10,000 jobs.
The year-long celebration, he said, would result in the establishment of Unity Squares in each state; medical diagnostic centres in each of the geo-political zones; and renovation and renaming of colonial sites.
Others are the establishment of Information and Communication Technology in the universities as well as the police crime laboratories in the country.
He said, “Despite the challenges and the internal strives in the country, Nigeria still remains as one. We have the most vibrant set of people on the continent and we have made tremendous progress as a people.”