Following the transfer of the Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA) to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), as the Department of Satellite Towns Infrastructure (DSTI), the new Department took over the Engineering aspects of the functions of the defunct STDA.
The vision of the DSTI is to run the department as a highly professional government establishment through the provision of efficient engineering infrastructure while the mission is to provide functional, efficient and cost effective services in the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Statutory Responsibilities of the defunct STDA transferred to the DSTI is:
To Open up/develop the Satellite Towns by providing infrastructural facilities to the teeming rural dwellers, thereby improving their living standards.
To provide a better environment through the provision of basic amenities which would further reduce the pressure already existing in the capital city.
To develop and upgrade the Satellite Towns.
To develop linkages between the Satellite Towns and the Federal Capital City (FCC).
To essentially work towards the development of the satellite towns/rural/relocation/resettlement areas through the provision of link roads, potable water, and electricity.
Designated Satellite Towns
The locations designated as Satellite Towns are as listed below:
Abuja North West
Abuja South West
However, Gosa, Abuja North West and Abuja South West were dropped due to the fact that they were essentially within the Capital City area. There are therefore Seven Satellite Towns (i-vii above) designated for development.
Structure of the Department
In order to effectively perform its functions, the STI Department, headed by a Director, Engr. O. N. Oduche FNSE, is structured into 3 (three) Divisions as follows:
Districts Infrastructure Division
Regional Roads Division
Services and Logistics Division
And these three divisions are each headed by a Deputy Director.
Activities of the Department
The Department of Satellite Towns Infrastructure (DSTI) is currently undertaking several projects which are at various stages of completion. And the projects include:
A. District Infrastructure Projects
B. Regional (Link) Road Projects
C. Rural Road Projects
D. Rural Electrification Projects
A. District Infrastructure Projects: District Infrastructures are being provided for the Satellite Towns of Kubwa (Districts 4 & 5), Bwari (Districts 1 & 2) and Karshi (Districts 1&2).
a. Kubwa Satellite Town (Districts 4&5) Infrastructure Project: The scope of work consists of the construction of various classes of roads which include Collector Roads, Important Local Streets (ILS), Local Streets (LS) and Minor Access Roads (MAR). There is also the provision of a water supply network, storm water drainage system, sewage system, electric power supply/distribution, street lighting and telecommunication ducting. The rehabilitation of some roads within Kubwa Old Town also forms part of the scope of work. And the overall percentage completion of the project is about 10%.
b. Bwari Satellite Town (District 1&2) Infrastructure Project: The scope of work here involves the construction of various categories of roads which include arterial Roads, Collector Roads, Important Local Streets (ILS), Local Streets (LS) and Minor Access Roads (MAR). The scope also includes the provision of a water supply network, storm water drainage system and electric power supply distribution. The overall percentage completion of the project is about 23%.
c. Karshi Satellite Town (District 1&2) Infrastructure Project: The scope of work consists of the construction of various classes of roads which include Arterial Roads, Collector Roads, Important Local Streets (ILS), Local Streets (LS), Minor Access Roads (MAR). The scope also includes the provisions of a water supply distribution network, storm water drainage system, sewerage system, electric power supply and distribution, street lighting and telecommunication ducting. The overall percentage completion of the project is about 9%.
B. Regional (Link) Road Projects: The Regional (Link) Road projects are the construction of roads that link the Satellite towns to each other or to the city. Such a road project is the Dualization of 20km Jikwoyi Karshi Road. The overall percentage completion of the road is about 54%. C. Rural Road Projects: These are roads that link towns and villages in the FCT and therefore provide the required access for the transportation of farm produce from the village of production to the towns and the Federal Capital City. Such road projects include:
a. A2 Kwaita - Yebu Road (Kwali Area Council): This is a 25km road that starts at A2 (i.e. Kaduna Lokoja road) at Kwaita and ends at Yebu. The standard of the road is bituminous surface dressing. The overall percentage completion is about 81%.
b. Bwari Kau Bridge/Road (Bwari Area Council): This project is essentially the construction of 45m long bridge with 625m approach road to provide a non-seasonal access to kau. The project is about 90% completed.
c. Provision of Access Road to the Orphanage Home at Gwagwalada.: The project is the construction of a bituminous surface dressed access road to the Orphanage Home at Gwako in Gwagwalada Area Council. The project is about 2% completed.
D. Rural Electrification Projects: Rural electrification projects are being carried out in some villages in the FCT to enhance the socio-economic wellbeing of the people. The projects include: a. Electrification of Gaube village, Kuje Area Council - 85% completed b. Electrification of Gafere Village, Kuje Area Council - 85% completed c. Electrification of Pasali Village, Kuje Area Council - 85% completed d. Electrification of Tunga Bawa Village, Kuje Area Council - 17% completed e. Electrification of Kuchiako Village, Kuje Area Council - 95% completed NEW PROJECTS. a. The Rehabilitation of Kuje - Gwagwalada Road.