The Commissioners of Lands and Housing, Barrister Moukhtar Ibrahim Nasale, Information, Mallam Muhammad Sani Idris and that of Investment, Commerce and Industry, Dr. Mustapha Jibril on Tuesday were at the Palace of his Royal Highness, the Emir of Suleja, Mallam Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim.
The visit according to Barrister Nasale was to principally brief HRH on some modest steps taken by the Niger State Government under the able leadership of his Excellency, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Sani Bello on its intention to develop the smart city project and following the approval of the state executive council to declare the entire expanse of land set aside for the project along Abuchi-Gwari Area in Suleja LGA as Special Planning Area, SPA.
The proposed land for the Suleja Smart City Project which is 11,421 Hectares (114.2118SqKm) is situated along Suleja-Minna express way between Maje and Izom.
The site is an undeveloped mainly dotted with farmlands and Fulani camps within the Abuchi-Gwari area. The site lays directly on the boundary between the FCT and Niger State.
The project is conceptualized to develop :
A City that will compliment Abuja in providing the basic needs of city dwellers without compromising the history, believe and ability of the inhabitants to live harmoniously within the proposed development.
A City that is designed according to districts, neighborhoods, zones, areas, ranches/villas, business/financial hubs, medical/academic hubs, golf course/water park and high tech industrial park.
A City driven by technology and innovation.
Based on the foregoing and in order to ensure full control over the land, the Ministry requested the State Executive Council to declare the entire 11,421 Hectares (114.2118SqKm) as Special Planning Area.
The declaration will specifically ensure that ;
- Any previous approvals or permits on the land are withdrawn
- On the Governor shall give or permit utilization of any portion of the land.
- Pending the payment of compensation, any occupation or utilization of the land must be related to the Suleja Smart City Project.
The Emir in his remarks, thanked the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s led administration for finding his domain worthy of such project while underscoring the significance and relevance of Suleja Emirate not just as a major socio-economic city in Niger State but also as an alternative for FCT workers to a get decent and affordable place to live.
13 October, 2020