Nigeria will soon boast of a centenary city where there will be no power failure and fear of insecurity as the federal government seeks to build the nation’s centenary city with the aid of the private sector.
President Goodluck Jonathan made this statement on Thursday night at an investors dinner he organised to seek for the support of top CEOs of companies in the country as part of activities lined up for the country’s centenary celebrations.
“Nigeria with our size and population, with the size of our economy, we should have a city where somebody will not need to carry a cylinder to go and look for gas. Where somebody will not generate his or her own power. Where somebody should not sink a bore-hole to get water. Where somebody should not don’t need a maiguard (security man)” the President said to a rousing applause as he described the model of the centenary city to his august audience.
The President stated that his administration has faith in the private sector and that the centenary city which will emerge as one of the best cities in the world will be a national asset where Nigerians will invest in for posterity assuring them of transparency at all times.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved a proposal for a new city for the celebration of the country’s 100th year anniversary in 2014.
According to the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, the new city will serve as a memorial for the future generation of Nigerians.
The new city which will be located near Abuja will have modern features including a conference centre that will be the first of its kind in Africa that can host all global events within Nigeria.