- As construction works commence on centenary city project in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari already has a tower named after him
- The tower is called Buhari Tower, and its foundation will be laid in the next four weeks
- According to report, the tower will house many residential flats which will be sold to middle income earners
Within the centenary city project in Abuja, a signature infrastructure called 'Buhari Tower' has been earmarked for construction.
Recall that the centenary city was conceived during the administration of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan in 2014, to serve as a remarkable project to mark Nigeria’s 100 years of existence.
Vanguard reports that the foundation of Buhari Towers would be laid in the next four weeks as work is set to begin at the site.
NAIJ.com gathers that the project has witnessed several hiccups arising from administrative and procedural issues.
While speaking to newsmen at the formal unveiling of the city's master plan in Abuja on Wednesday, August 8, the representative of one of the co-developers, Alhassan Baba Dantata, said that the Buhari Tower would house many residential flats which would be sold to middle income earners.
According to him, the naming of the towers after the incumbent president has no political undertone whatsoever.
He said: “The name ‘Buhari’ represents the poor people of Nigeria. So as a businessman and an admirer of the president, I’m only doing this as an honour to the pro-masses vision of President Buhari."
The managing director of the Nigerian Exports Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), Honourable Emmanuel Jime, said: “I’ve had the opportunity of visiting quite a number of free trade zones, but it was also strategic that I saved the best for last as this particular zone is modelled after Dubai.
“If Abuja centenary city had been in place before now, people wouldn’t have been spending dollars going to Dubai. What’s going on here to my understanding is a concept that’s not different from the Eko Atlantic City and also Dubai.
“If we can spend hard currencies taking our children to Dubai just to take pictures and come back, I see no reason why we shouldn’t encourage this city to succeed so that we can have our own Dubai right here in Nigeria."
Also speaking, the managing director, Abuja Centenary City Plc, Ikechukwu Odenigwe, said the project would generate about 250,000 direct employments.
“The Centenary Economic City Free Zone was a strategy of government to diversify economy of the country. It is a legacy of Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary and the economic free zone. And it will be built at no cost on government.
“With tourism, sport, entertainment and businesses, the city is very critical to Nigeria growth and even as its population is expected to grow more and it’s part of an idea to preparing the country towards a greater and better future."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) commenced investigation into the activities of the Centenary City Project which was initiated by former president, Goodluck Jonathan's administration.
The EFCC which acted on a petition it received from a group called Nigerian Unemployed Youth Vanguard (NUYV), asked the group to provide them with facts concerning the project.
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