Honourable Minister of the FCT

Bala Mohammed with Guest

On resumption at his assignment as the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in April 2010, he met a ministry that was virtually at crossroads, with the low staff morale and attitude towards work and an administrative system that was overrun by corrupt and sharp practices. The land allocation system was embedded with fraud and a shortfall in revenue generation.
He immediately fashioned out multi-dimensional strategies to confront the hydra-headed problems confronting the nation’s capital city and the result was awe-inspiring.

One of the first things he did was to break the vicious circle of land racketeering by setting up a committee headed by a seasoned administrator Sen. Saidu Dansadau, a development that led to the upgrading and repositioning of land administration in the territory with the latest geographical information system. He embarked on a robust IT infrastructure upgrade, and employed Nigerian IT professionals having most of them from the diaspora to man the FCT land administration system (AGIS).

Bala Mohammed WalkingOn infrastructure, he realized that government alone could not fund the development and construction of the capital city which was created in 1976 and had a 30 years development plan. 34years later in 2010, it had only attained 21% development of the initial master plan and population growth had more than quadrupled. Sen. Bala Mohammed introduced sound economic frameworks aimed at incentivizing private sector participation in city development such as the “Land-Swap initiative” which was later adopted as a policy.

The FCT administration under the leadership of Sen. Bala Mohammed constructed several roads within the capital city and satellite town and effectively reduced travel time from point to point.

Other signature achievements include; the investment attraction of a 37-story World Trade Centre estimated at $1.2bn being built by the Churchgate Group; the Abuja Town Centre project valued at $2.7bn by Chikason Group to bequeath the nation’s capital of a world-class 24-hour business district comparable to Manhattan in New York or Oxford Street in London; the Abuja Millennium City Project; the biggest single private housing investment in Africa valued at $18bn being handled by the Nigeria Centenary City, Plc; a PPP initiative between FCTA and COHART Group worth $150million to develop Abuja Film Village International (AFVI); a PPP initiative for Katampe District infrastructure with the capital inflow of over N61billion. There were several Improvements also done in education, security, and agriculture during this period.