FCT MINISTER SPEAKS ABOUT PLANS TO RELOCATE SOME COMMUNITIES FROM ABUJA CITY CENTRE

The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, on Tuesday, announced that plans are at an advanced stage to relocate communities such as Jabi-Yakubu, Jabi-Samuel and Mabushi to Shere-Galuwyi.

She added that the process of relocating others has commenced, and more communities would be permanently relocated next year.

The minister stated that indigenous communities must be resettled if the territory wants to get rid of slums and prevent the already perceptible slide into urban decay.

This was contained in a statement by the minister’s Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue.

The minister was quoted to have said this at the one-day town hall meeting on resettlement and compensation matters in the FCT.

The statement was titled, ‘ FCTA pledges sustenance of resettlement policy. ‘

It read, ” FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has expressed the determination of the FCT Administration to resettle the indigenous communities with a view to realising the dreams of the founding fathers of Abuja.

“She argued that indigenous communities should be resettled if the territory wants to get rid of slums and prevent the already perceptible slide into urban decay.

“Aliyu lamented that policy changes have constituted a major challenge to the resettlement issue, stressing that within 27 years, from 1976-2003, four major policy changes have affected resettlement policy in the Federal Capital Territory.

”She said it was incumbent to resettle and compensate these indigenous communities where the implementation of the approved development plans demands such.

“Over these years, the need has continued to exist for development-induced displacement and resettlement as the nation’s capital has continued to evolve into Africa’s fastest growing metropolis.

”The minister, however, assured that the Federal Capital Development Authority saddled with this responsibility, is up and doing to see that communities due for resettlement are properly relocated.

”Aliyu revealed that already, the arrangements are in top gear to relocate communities such as Jabi-Yakubu, Jabi-Samuel and Mabushi to Shere-Galuwyi, adding that the process of relocating others has commenced, and more communities would be permanently relocated next year.”

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