Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina has called on the in-coming administration to complete the ministry’s permanent site project started in 2005, but stalled by paucity of funds.
Speaking during a tour of the new office building of the ministry located at Central Area in Abuja, Hajiya Maina said when it was a single storey building the contract was awarded at N138, 005,443.80 but in 2007, it was reviewed to N913, 593,423.44 and re-awarded to M/s Saidi Nig. Ltd, after it was converted to six storey building to comply with Abuja Master Plan.
The minister, who said past ministers had tried to complete the project since it was conceived, explained that it was originally conceived and planned as one storey building for a National Children’s Library and Resource Centre in 2005, to improve children’s knowledge on ICT and improve data base on children issues in Nigeria, before it was later changed to six storey building.
“Work on the project was however suspended in 2008, after construction of three floors due to cash flow challenges; the project became stagnated for 5 years until President Jonathan revived it by graciously approving resumption of work.”
She therefore urged President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to see to its completion because of its enormous benefits.
According to Maina, the building will serve as administrative headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Centre for Promoting Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, and the elderly related issues.
“It will provide enabling working environment for staff of the ministry, and act as centre for articulation of government policies on women, children and persons with disabilities.”
She expressed optimism that “when appropriate approvals are obtained from BPP and FEC, and the review effected, work on the project would continue vigorously and could be completed in twelve months period.”


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