FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has expressed the willpower of the FCT Administration to resettle the indigenous communities with a view to realizing the goals of the founding fathers of Abuja.
The minister who acknowledged this on the one-day City Corridor assembly on resettlement and compensation issues within the Federal Capital Territory, additionally argued that indigenous communities must be resettled if the territory needs to eliminate slums and stop the already perceptible slide into city decay.
Aliyu lamented that coverage adjustments have constituted a significant problem to the resettlement problem, stressing that inside 27 years, from 1976-2003, 4 main coverage adjustments have affected resettlement coverage within the Federal Capital Territory.
“For us to understand the capital metropolis of our goals, we’ve to pay due regard to the unique inhabitants whose sacrifice of ancestral heritage is enabling our nationwide developmental aspirations.
“Over these years, the necessity has continued to exist for development-induced displacement and resettlement because the nation’s capital has continued to evolve into Africa’s quickest rising metropolis,” Aliyu acknowledged.
The minister, nonetheless, assured that the Federal Capital Improvement Authority (FCDA) saddled with this accountability, is up and doing to see that communities due for resettlement are correctly relocated.
Aliyu revealed that already, the preparations are in high gear to relocate communities resembling Jabi-Yakubu, Jabi-Samuel and Mabushi to Shere-Galuwyi, including that the method of relocating others has commenced, and extra communities could be completely relocated subsequent 12 months.
Talking in the identical vein, FCTA Everlasting Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, mentioned efficient resettlement coverage stays the collective duties of each authorities and residents, noting that the Administration stays resolute by guaranteeing the realisation of delivering a world class metropolis and territory akin to the most effective on the planet.