Reps to investigate FCT indigenes’ resettlement, compensation

Reps to investigate FCT indigenes’ resettlement, compensation

The House of Representatives said it would investigate the relocation and compensation of indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from the city centre.

This followed a motion by Rep. Timoty Golu (Plateau-PDP) at plenary on Tuesday.

Golu said that Federal Government adopted the relocation and compensation policy to resettle indigenous people from Abuja city centre to designated locations.

According to him, the policy was aimed at decongesting the city centre to allow for development of structures in the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that since the adoption of the resettlement and compensation policy, not much had been achieved because the government could not resettle the indigenous population to designated areas and pay compensation to them.

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The lawmaker said that due to the delay, a lot of distortions had taken place across most of the areas and no compensation had been paid.

He alleged that recent efforts by the FCT administration to relocate villages of Garki, Apo and Akpajenya to Apo resettlement centre had been enmeshed in irregularities.

According to him, the Department of Resettlement/Compensation allegedly abused the process by allocating land to people against ministerial procedures and denying the intended beneficiaries.

In his ruling, Speaker of the house, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Area Councils and Ancillary Matters to investigate the entire process of resettlement and compensation to the original inhabitants of the FCT.

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He directed that the committee should report back to the house within four weeks. (NAN)

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