Photo: The Abuja Millennium Tower project site.
I’ll complete Abuja Millennium Tower project within 2 years —Wike
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has said that the ministry will complete the Millennium Tower project in the next two years.
Wike stated this in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with contractors handling different projects in the FCT.
The Millennium Tower, located in the Central Area, is a multifunctional edifice with facilities for cultural exposition, tourism, socialisation, recreation, hospitality, and commercial activities.
The project is being handled by an Italian firm, Salini Construction Nigeria Limited, but was abandoned due to lack of funds.
According to the Minister, the tower is a very important project that would change the landscape of Abuja city.
“It is a very very ambitious project, but again if we are talking of Abuja being one of the best cities in the world, then we must have such a facility.
“I can tell you it is not easy to go into that project, but we have decided that whatever it takes, it is going to be one of the legacy projects for President Bola Tinubu.
“In fact, we are looking at the next two years, if the way we are going to structure our payment is agreeable with the contractor,” Wike said.
The project, conceived in 2005, had reached 40 per cent completion, and is expected to, upon completion, self-finance itself from revenues generated from all the commercial activities in the complex.
The scope of the project comprises a cultural centre with four museums, an expansive arcade consisting of 40,000m2 platform for hosting national and other events.
It also consists of a five-star hotel with 55 luxury rooms and nine suites for about 130 persons, offices, passive and active recreational facilities, 1200 capacity auditorium, conference rooms,
Others are exhibition halls, shops, a sport centre with an indoor pool, gyms, fitness, squash courts and a two-level 1,200 capacity basement car park.
The millennium tower itself is a 170-meter-tall structure accommodating a revolving panoramic restaurant for more than 130 diners.