The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it is committed to completing the Millennium Tower project in Abuja’s central area in the next two years.
FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, disclosed this in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with contractors handling the multiple projects going on in the FCT.
The Millennium Tower is a multifunctional edifice with facilities for recreation, hospitality, cultural exposition, socialisation and commercial activities.
The project which is being handled by Salini Construction Nigeria Limited was conceived over 18 years ago but was abandoned due to lack of funds.
The project has reached 40 per cent completion and is expected to, upon completion, be self-reliant as revenues would be generated from all the commercial activities in the complex.
The project will comprise a 170-meter-tall structure accommodating a revolving panoramic restaurant, a cultural centre with four museums, exhibition halls, shops, and an expansive arcade consisting of a 40,000 sqm platform for hosting events.
Other proposed features of the Millennium Tower project include a sports centre with an indoor pool, gyms, squash courts, a two-level 1,200 capacity basement car park, as well as a five-star hotel with 55 luxury rooms and nine suites, offices, passive and active recreational facilities, conference rooms, and a 1200-capacity auditorium.
Wike disclosed that the ongoing Millennium Tower project would change the landscape of the FCT.
“It is a very ambitious project, but again if we are talking of Abuja being one of the best cities in the world, then we must have such a facility.“
I can tell you it is not easy to go into that project, but we decided that whatever it takes, it is going to be one of the legacy projects for President Bola Tinubu.
“In fact, we are looking at the next two years, if the way we are going to stricture our payment is agreeable with the contractor,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials of the FCTA on Tuesday demolished an illegal market called “Kasuwan Dare”, a suspected hideout for hoodlums and drug dealers in Asokoro, Abuja.
The market was located at Hassan Musa Katsina Street, near Kpaduma II in Asokoro Extension, Abuja.
Speaking after the demolition, the Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, said that the illegal market was becoming a threat to the residents of the area and passersby.
Galadima added that the area was turned into a haven for criminal activities despite relentless efforts by the FCT Administration to sanitise the area.
Also, the Secretary, FCTA Command and Control, Mr Peter Olumuji, said that efforts would be put in place to ensure the safety of residents in the area.
The Village Head of Kpaduma, Mr Bitrus Yakubu, commended the FCT Administration for coming to their rescue and for ridding the area of hoodlums.