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Wike Shuts Abuja’s ICC For 8 Months Over Renovation

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has suspended all events at the International Conference Centre in the FCT over poor maintenance.

Wike while announcing the suspension after he inspected the centre on Monday, explained that the suspension was to enable Julius Berger to carry out holistic rehabilitation of the centre.

Recall that the minister had terminated the contract of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd, assigned to manage the centre.

The minister, after going round the facility, described it as a mere conference centre, saying there was nothing international about the centre.

“When we came here for the ECOWAS inauguration sometime last week, with President Bola Tinubu, no right-thinking human being would see the state of this facility and be happy.

“In fact, during the inauguration, Tinubu drew my attention to the rot. Even the lighting system was so poor. This is unacceptable. There is no way we can accept this as an International Conference Centre.

“You can call it a conference centre but not international, because there is no standard compared to any international conference centre,” he said.

He added that the FCT Administration would not continue to be embarrassed by the poor state of the centre.

“So, we are sorry to announce this; every booking made here is cancelled. We will start immediate rehabilitation of the centre to meet up with international standards,” the minister said.

Wike said that Julius Berger had been given eight months to complete the total renovation of the centre, that the goal is to transform the facility into a befitting International Conference Centre that Nigerians will be proud of.

He said that Julius Berger was called back to rehabilitate the centre because it was the company that built the edifice.

“We believed that in the next seven to eight months, the company would do something that Nigerians and the international community would appreciate,” he said.

On the management of the centre, if the rehabilitation was completed, Wike said that the Managing Director of Abuja Investment Company (AIC), Amb. Maureen Tamuno knows what to do.

“If she does not do it well, we will have no choice but to wade the big stick; but I believe she has the capacity to run it well,” the minister said.

The minister explained that he would not probe anybody on what led to the rot of the centre, but to move on, get the job done and give the country a befitting international conference centre.

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