Wednesday 25th January, 2017
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Abuja Land: Natives cry for compensation

Abuja Land: Natives cry for compensation

Abuja natives have reminded the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, about the need to revisit the pend­ing issues regarding their lands being confiscated by the government.
 
Some of the natives who spoke to The AUTHORITY complained that there is a need for compensation over their lands taken forcefully from them by the govern­ment since 1976 when the Federal Capital Territory was created.
 
A Gbagyi leader in Gwagwalada Area Council of the territory, Moham­med Musa, described the situation as painful, saying all their plots of land were taken away by the govern­ment without any alterna­tive means of survival for them.
 
Musa appealed to the FCT Administration to recon­sider the matter and set up a committee that would re­view the exercise which, he said, was wrongly done.
 
He said using force to acquire land by the gov­ernment made them to become frustrated in their land where their founding fathers died and were also buried.
 
The leader asked the Minister to make the cur­rent administration’s slogan of ‘change’ to work better by ensuring that necessary steps are taken to give hope to the real land owners.
 
An elder in Garki Chief­dom, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, suggested that the federal government should provide special areas for the natives to avoid constant frustra­tions.
 
He advocated for a social housing scheme for Abuja natives to be located at the outskirt of each zones in FCT.
 
However, Danjuma Zhin, based in Tunge-Maje, an­other settlement along the Gwagwalada/Suleja Ex­pressway said in a telephone interview that their pains should be reduced by mak­ing them feel the impact of the present government.
 
Zhin faulted the forceful approach adopted by the previousgovernment in tak­ing over their lands, which he said made them become visitors in the territory. 

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