Towards improving the safety of civil servants and boost workplace productivity, the Federal Government and one of Nigeria’s real estate development company, Alpha Mead Development Company (AMDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to remodel the Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase II, Abuja.
Coming as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative, it will involve the upgrading of the ground floor of Block A, and the car parking lot of the complex. Already, the Development Control unit of the Federal Capital Territory had scrutinized and approved the modified design.
The process has the full cooperation of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), and the success of this first phase will determine if the Government will expand the project to all the phases of the secretariat.Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who spoke at the signing ceremony, explained that the PPP initiative has become necessary in the face of paucity of funds and consequent lack of maintenance, which have led to deterioration of the secretariat facilities.
She noted that the state of the section of the building was no longer conducive for workers; hence the partnership was necessary to give the building a facelift. “We have been seeking for funds to work on the secretariat for many years, so we decided to think out of the box and go into PPP to resuscitate the federal secretariat,” she furthered.
Commenting on the new partnership, Managing Director/CEO of Alpha Mead Group, Femi Akintunde, said that productivity enhancement was achievable with a conducive working environment.He said that the pilot project would start with the secretariat’s ground floor, block A, and the secretariat complex parking lot; where over 1,000 Square metres of office space and 800 car park spaces will be created respectively to improve safety and productivity of staff.
“Partnering with government is usually slow but I have seen speed and determination in this project. As private sector participant, this gives us a lot of impetus and further fuels our resolve to work with all stakeholders to create serviceable and maintainable work space that will meet world standards”.
“The Federal Secretariat is the engine room that drives the nation’s economy and must be conducive. We are looking at taking limited resources and turning it into something great,” Akintunde said, adding that the project would be delivered in six months and ready for inauguration in January 2019.