1. The Retreat for the 7th Board of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) with the theme ‘Abuja: the Journey so far, Constraints and the Way Forward’ held from 30th- 31st of July 2018 at the FCDA Conference Room. The Retreat was organized to acquaint the recently inaugurated Board Members with the regulations, structure, functions, progress, and challenges of the FCDA, so that they would be adequately equipped to chart a new course aimed at repositioning the Federal Capital City as an example of a sustainable city that can qualify as a ‘city of the future today’.


2. Participants comprised members of the Board, led by its Chairman, the Honourable Minister FCT, Alh. Muhammad Musa Bello, members of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) of the FCDA led by the Executive Secretary Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, FNSE, OON, who is also Secretary to the Board; while the Permanent Secretary FCT, Mr.Chinyeaka C.Ohaa, and Coordinator of the AMMC, Alh. Shua’ibu Umar were among the invited guests.


3.   Five (5) eminently qualified resource persons made presentations on the carefully selected sub-themes for the actualization of the retreat objectives.


4.   The 7th FCDA Board Retreat noted the successes recorded by FCDA in its forty-two (42) years of existence and discussions highlighted the fact that at this point, developing appropriate strategies to overcome the challenges to effective actualization of the Abuja Dream-side by side with an implementation plan is very critical in ensuring enduring legacies. The Retreat resolved thus:

  1. In view of previously stalemated attempts to determine the Administrative and Political Structure of the FCT despite the provision of the enabling laws, the Honourable Minister and Board Members are enjoined to exercise the political will required to uphold the Executive and Administrative structures that are derived from the enabling laws pertaining to FCDA. The 7thFCDA Board should leverage on the existing law and check its abuse so as to fulfill the mandate set in 1976 when the Agency was in charge of all activities of the Federal Capital Territory. The Board should thereafter deliberate on the future role of the FCDA within the ambit of the subsisting laws, and ongoing legislative processes at the National Assembly.
  2. There exists grey areas with a gradual usurpation of the functions of FCDA which are manifested by insufficient interface on matters that require inputs or coordination with the Agency. In this regard, there is an urgent need to ensure proper working mechanism and delineation of functions of FCDA and FCTA to ensure maximum service delivery, along with enhanced cooperation between stakeholders in realization of the Abuja dream.
  3. Policy inconsistencies as encapsulated in the incidences of arbitrariness, non-sequential development, with lack of synergy and prioritization in implementing development plans poses serious problems to the city building initiatives, and has cost the administration a great deal in terms of resources. Political Leaders as represented by the Board are enjoined to be in constant consultation with professionals so as to be guided in making appropriate decisions regarding developments in the Federal Capital Territory.
  4. Synergy will also be better achieved when Departments such as Development Control and Land Administration, along with the Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS) are placed under the direct coordination of FCDA as provided by the enabling Law.
  5. There should be periodic review of the Master Plan incorporating provisions for implementation of the recommendations emanating there from.
  6. In the light of the enormity of infractions that exist concerning implementation of the Master plan, the FCT Administration and the 7th FCDA Board should be decisive in ensuring that the Master Plan is adhered to, while needed actions should focus on sequential and timely deployment of infrastructure, characterized by prioritization and creative funding so that observed lapses can be reverted to their originally intended uses.
  7. In view of limitations imposed by the Federal Government on FCDA with regards to alternative financing strategies, the Government should be encouraged to be more receptive to new ideas, policies and strategies that will make Abuja Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable such as alternative funding windows including Bond Financing for projects
  8. Reference points that may advance the cause of development of the FCT should be identified, while detailed assessment of existing site conditions should be undertaken at the Pre-design and Planning stage to cover all natural/ecological resources available so as to inform the needed design requirements, alongside the use of an integrated team of Architects, Ecological Scientist, Horticulturists, Landscape Designers, Engineers, & Planners etc. which will prove very helpful towards the desired outcomes.
  9. Landscape drawings detailing general layout, grading and planting design should form part of submissions for Building Plan Approval, while implementation of general city infrastructure should be done concurrently with that of green infrastructure.
  10. An Integrated Development Plan for the FCT should be put in place in line with current realities with timelines for implementation, along with establishment of the proposed Joint Planning Commission for adjoining States that is to be responsible for all developments within 8Km of the FCT borders
  11. The FCT Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Agency should be strengthened to adjudicate on cases and conflicts between Developers and the FCDA, thereby providing a faster resolution of conflicts than the regular court processes.
  12. Citizens’ participation or stakeholders meetings that strive to include all users in decision making will provide better development outcomes. (Bottom up Approach).
  13. In recognition of the nexus between security and development, Security Vulnerability Assessments should be incorporated at the pre-design and planning stages for projects.
  14. The FCT ACT places an enormous amount of responsibility on the FCDA which cuts across all facets of infrastructure development and management, including project activities of other MDAs in the Territory. Thus, there is a need for workforce enhancement initiatives to improve effectives.
  15. The FCDA is also a Special Category Parastatal and as such, the Board is enjoined to look into the salary structure and conditions of service for staff of the FCDA to be at par with other parastatals like NNPC and NCC. This is to boost staff morale and commitment.
  16. Career limitation of FCDA staff following the scrapping of MFCT should also be given prompt attention.