Following a ministerial approval for the change of landuse, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has given indication for the redesign and harmonization of Chibiri Pasali layout in Kuje Area Council of FCT.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Department, Mrs. Felicia Anthony-Okoro, stated that the redesign of Chibiri and Pasali farmlands layout to comprehensive residential and other ancillary uses, was aimed at accommodating the yearning of allottees seeking for allocation of residential purposes.
The statement also revealed that a maiden stakeholders meeting with allottees was held in Kuje Area Council secretariat.
According to Director of Urban and Regional Planning, Malam Muhammad Loko, who spoke through Deputy Director, Project Monitoring and Design, Tpl. Chiyere Ome the redesign has become necessary in view of development that has caught up with the existing layout, hence the department apply for a redesign to accommodate the yearning of allotttees
“The reason for the stakeholders is to ensure that allottees are given the opportunity to make their contributions that will form their recommendations in the redesign project”, Loko stated.
He, however, allayed fears of the allottees that government will be fair to them to ensure that allottees get a better deal, stressing that the title deal will change from customary to statutory.
Loko particularly commended the Kuje Area Council for their cooperation and understanding of the FCT programmes over the years, and urged them to sustain the tempo with a view to seeing that Kuje develop side by side with other Area Councils in the Territory.
Earlier, chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Galadima said that the Council is strongly behind the lofty initiatives of the FCT Administration, while pledging the maximum support of the council.
The council boss urged stakeholders to maintain open mind towards the project, noting that the entire exercise will be at their own benefit.
Similarly, Gomo of Kuje, HRH Alhj. Jubrin Tanko commended the efforts of the FCT Administration whom he said has maintained a cordial relationship over the years, while urging them to ensure that the indigenes are well considered in the redesign project.
Some indigenes of Pasali however to appeal to FCT Minister to ensure the expansion of community allocation as well as to be considered in their farmland allocation.
Others who spoke at the stakeholders meeting advocated for inclusive committee that will involve all knotty issues surrounding the redesign project.
Recall that the Department of Urban and Regional Panning had recommend that Chibiri and Pasali farm layout be selected as relocation site to accommodate plot affected by the CCP in Kuje, AMAC phase IV south area of the Federal Capital City (FCC).