FCT completes integrity test on bombed UN House, says Minister

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday said the government has completed integrity test on the UN House that was bombed on August 26 by Boko Haram sect. He said the government is weighing options on the report of the test on whether to rehabilitate the UN House or pull it down completely for a fresh structure. But he denied allegation by one of his predecessors, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai that he has about 13 Special Advisers. He however confirmed plans to build a $1billion World Trade Centre in Abuja. Mohammed, who made the disclosures at a session with reporters in Abuja , said about N90million was spent on the integrity test conducted by Julius Berger Plc. He said: “On the UN building, we have carried out integrity test. The test was carried out by Julius Berger Plc and we spent between N60million and N90million.

“I don’t want to divulge the contents of the report because of security implications. But after a careful study of the report, we will be able to determine whether we should rehabilitate the building or demolish it. “Mr. President has however made sure that the operation of the UN does not suffer with a temporary accommodation for the agencies. These UN bodies do so much for Nigeria in terms of partnership and projects that we cannot ignore or neglect them. “Certainly, our process is very slow, we will certainly be there.”



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