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The Minister of State for FCT, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, made this known in Abuja while inaugurating a committee to look into the complaints by the indigenes on cases of omission of allocation of houses and plots.
The new committee is chaired by the Solicitor General, Legal Services Department, FCTA, Mrs Helen Oloja and has as members the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Micah Jiba; Director of Resettlement & Compensation, Mr Francis Okechukwu; Director of Urban and Regional Planning, FCDA, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman; Director of Public Building, Mr Eni Ugot, and Senior Special Assistant (Special Duties) to the Minister of State, Mrs Jummai Kwanashie.
Other members inclu-de: acting Director of Satellite Towns Develop-ment Agency, Tukur Ibrahim; Deputy Director, Planning & Resettlement, Mrs Helen Obichiena; Deputy Director, Valuation & Compensation, Mr Odebode Olusola; Deputy Director, Monitoring & Logistics, Alhaji Babakura Umar; Personal Assistant (Resettlement Matters) to the Minister of State, Mr Ogenyi Benedict, and representatives of the minister of FCT and the permanent secretary, FCTA.
Akinjide explained that the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed, was deeply concerned over the lingering Apo Resettlement problem since 2007, adding that the administration would proffer a win-win solution on the matter.
She said, “It is the wish of the minister of FCT and my goal to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of everyone before the end of December 2012. The vision of the FCTA is to provide a befitting capital and a conducive environment for the Federal Government to effectively work.
“When the Federal Government is working effectively, the FCTA will also be effective, as well as the whole of Nigeria. We don’t want a resettlement issue that brings dishar-mony or the admini-stration to ridicule. We want this issue to end this year.”
Akinjide gave the com-mittee four weeks to complete its terms of reference and submit a report on the way forward.
She listed the terms of reference of the committee members as follows:
To highlight all out-standing issues affecting the Apo Resettlement Scheme; to look into the complaints by the indigenes on cases of omission of allocation of houses and plots; to identify, give accurate data on aggrieved persons and liaise with the communities in order to come up with immediate and lasting solution to the identified problems; to explore out of court settlement where there are litigations; to suggest new areas for layout plans where the affected indigenes will be resettled; to ensure commitment from all aggrieved parties and stockholders through direct discussions and negotiation in order to gain their confidence, and to consider any other matter that would assist the administration in tackling the problems identified.Share