Centenary City: Host community unhappy over N319m compensation

NCP_LOGOBy Stanley Onyekwere, with agency report

The traditional chief of Baruwa community, Abuja, the host community for the development of the proposed Nigeria’s Centenary city, Mr. Monday Kogi, has expressed dissatisfaction over Federal Government’s disbursement of N319 million, as compensation to residents of the community.

He said the money given to the residents in the area, whose farms are to be used for the development of the Centenary city, as compensation was not enough.

The community, which is situated along Airport road, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), covers 1,200 hectares.

Director, Resettlement and Compensation in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mr. Okechukwu Francis, had disclosed the release of N319 million for payment of compensation to residents, whose crops and economic trees will be affected in the development of the city.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the director, made the disclosure at an official ceremony for the payment of compensation to residents in the area.

However, Kogi, who received N132, 000 as his own compensation, said he expected to be paid not less than N1.5 million.

He therefore appealed to the government to cooperate with the community.

Meanwhile, the director, assured residents that compensation would be paid to all those who will be affected in the area.

“I want to emphasise that we have been fair and just to the community; nobody has been short-charged; we engaged the services of registered professionals who are empowered to do the evaluation for the compensation and this was in accordance with the laws of the FCT.

“For this compensation, what we have just paid is for their crops and economic trees. Further discussions are ongoing for the houses that will be affected,’’ he said.

A member of the board of the Centenary city, Mr. Olatunde Ayeni, told NAN that the project was huge, and when completed, will be the second largest city development in the whole world.

“This compensation is to ensure that the community people live in peace and cooperate with government.

“Peace in the environment is important. So we are taking time to follow due process so that we can take compensation to the community involved.

“This is to ensure cooperation of the community and everybody involved to ensure that the development is free from any disturbance and trouble and everybody can benefit,’’ he added.

Board carpets ‘miracle centres’ aiding exam malpractice

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board (SEB) has criticised the existence of centres, where students went to write their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for the purpose of acquiring spurious results.

The deputy director, Moblisation and Sensitisation Unit of Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Board, Mr. Vincent Ologe, said this during students’ sensitization programme at Government Secondary School (GSS), Lugbe.

The programme, tagged “Role of Truancy, Indiscipline and Migration Syndrome, and called `miracle centres’”, was attended by students, teachers and parents.

“Miracle centres as called by the students are also known as magic centres or cheating centres. “It is a term given to these schools by students who go there to register for their West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) exams.

But the issue of the ‘miracle’, is not recognised by the organisers, “And the reason is that FCT Administration does not allow examination malpractice,” Ologe said.

According to him, schools where many students go and write examinations for undue advantages are not duly registered by the management for reference purpose in the future.

On his part, the Principal of GSS Lugbe, Mr. Gilla Ishaku, said the sensitisation was timely, as it would impact on the lives of the students and sensitise their parents, on how to get rid of the menace.

Represented by the Vice Principal in charge of Administration, Mr. Ja’afaru Ngaro, the principal said the school had similar challenges to surmount. (NAN)

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