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FCTA To Resettle 8,000 Indigenes in Six Months - Akinjide
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013
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The Honourable Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory,
Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, on Monday disclosed that nine
communities of over 8,000 indigenes would be resettled by the FCT
Administration by June 2013, marking a major breakthrough in the
Of the 8,000 indigenes, 3,200 are to be resettled with houses and
4,800 are to receive plots of land in Apo in Abuja Municipal Area
Council and Galuwyi-Shere in Bwari Area Council.
The minister, who confirmed this in Abuja while reviewing the
performance of the resettlement scheme of the Administration, said
the three communities of 2,571 households would be resettled in
the first quarter of 2013 in the Apo Resettlement Scheme while six
communities of 5,172 households would be resettled by the second
quarter in Galuwyi-Shere.
She mentioned the three communities to be resettled in the first
quarter as Garki, Apo and Akpajenya while Utako, Maje, Jabi
Yakubu, Jabi Samuel, Zhilu and Kpaadna Communities are to be
resettled in the second quarter.
She said, “The FCT Administration is committed towards resolving
the lingering resettlement crisis. Part of efforts to resolve the crisis
was the inauguration of a Ministerial Committee on Facts Finding
and the Way Forward on Apo Resettlement Scheme. This has given
the original inhabitants confidence and hope of amicable resolution
of the crisis which had lingered over the years.
“The Committee has made some useful recommendations to the
Administration towards peaceful resolution of the issues militating
against the resettlement scheme. Consequently, about 2,571
households are to move from Garki, Apo and Akpajenya to Apo
Resettlement Town in the first quarter of 2013.”
The minister disclosed that engineering infrastructure works are
ongoing in the Phase 2 of Apo Resettlement Scheme and Galuwyi-
It will be recalled that the Ministerial Committee on Facts Finding
and the Way Forward on Apo Resettlement Scheme had
recommended the capturing of resettlement and compensation of
the original inhabitants of the FCT in the National Priority Budget of
the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Committee, in its report presented to the FCT Minister of State
on December 13, 2012, explained that the resettlement and
compensation of indigenes could not satisfactorily be funded under
the FCT Administration’s Statutory Budget.
It stated in the report, “The Committee found out that the issue of
resettlement and compensation is the business of the Federal
Government. It involves huge capital resources and also
constituting security problems within the territory.
“The Committee recommended that the FCT Administration liaise
with the Federal Government of Nigeria to include the resettlement
and compensation of original inhabitants of the FCT in its National