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Development will affect original inhabitants of Abuja but they will be compensated – Minister of State FCT

The Federal Capital Territory Administration says plans are ongoing to fully resettle and compensate original inhabitants of the Nation’s Capital City who are being dislocated by the rapid and ever-changing development in Nigeria’s seat of power, Abuja.

The Minister of State for FCT, Tijjani Aliyu made the statement at the Maiden Citizens’ Engagement Series and Town Hall Meeting for Resettlement and Compensation of Original Inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Town Hall Meeting which had in attendance top Government officials, House of Assembly members, Directors in the FCDA, Council Chairmen from the Area Councils, Traditional rulers and stakeholders was to engage the government with a bottom-top approach on issues regarding relocation and settlement

Declaring the meeting open, the Minister of State for FCT, Tijjani Aliyu said policy changes have affected Resettlement since the creation of Abuja till date with little success.

She expressed optimism that the meeting will provide a workable plan to resettle and compensate communities that are ready to be moved, adding that finance has created a huge challenge.

The Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration said a department was set up in 2004 to oversee the Resettlement process and has made a huge success.

The Director, Resettlement and Compensation in FCDA, Perpetua Chammah enumerated the work the department has been doing to resettle the original inhabitants.

The Permanent Secretary FCDA, Olushade Adeshola said that illegal structures and Shanti within the nation’s capital are contributing to insecurity.

He advised residents who want to acquire lands in the FCT to follow due process.

The Town Hall Meeting provided an opportunity for the government and the original inhabitants to engage on how to solve the long age challenge of resettling and compensate while developing the Nation’s Capital City.



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