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Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

Govt moves to eradicate infanticide practices in FCTA

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Minister for State, FCT, Olajumoke AkinjideBy Stanley Onyekwere

In continuation of its effort to tackle practice of infanticide in some communities of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has set up a 24-member White Paper Committee on the Elimination of the evil and ‘barbaric’ acts against humanity from the Territory.

Peoples Daily reports that the committee headed by Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Alhaji Kabiru Usman, has the mandate of examining the observations and recommendation of the earlier committee as they affect each of the identified communities and to evolve a viable action plan to address issues raised.

 Also, the committee is to identify the communities involved; establish the roots of such practice and suggest the way to put an end to it.

Again, the committee is to examine the basic social and structural gaps in affected communities and come up with prototype structures and costing consideration.

It would recalled that following reports of the incidence of infanticide in some rural communities in the FCT,  came as a shock to the FCTA in 2013, the administration had swung into action bc setting up a ministerial committee on harmful practices  to investigate the matter.

According to the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, who inaugurated latest committee on Tuesday, a month ago, the first ministerial committee, submitted its findings and it turned out that the reports were not totally unfounded.

 Akinjide said the implementation committee has been given three months to deliver its report.

“According to my pledge to eliminate the harmful practices that have no place in a modern society,  I approved the setting up of a implementation committee on the report of the ministerial committee to

She therefore urged members to bring their wealth of experience and track records to bear on the performance of a very important task.

 In another development, the Minister received a White Paper Report on the Kwali Chieftancy matters which had lingered for a long time. The White Paper Report was a follow up to that Senator Philip Aduda earlier report on the Kwalil Chieftaincy crisis.

Presenting the Report to the Minister, the Chairman of the Committee, Barrister Ima Okpongete said the committee developed a spreedsheet of comparative analysis of past Reports and Recommendations on the Chieftaincy matters.

The Chairman said the Committee developed a template on each of the six Chiefdom in Kwali Area council (Kwali, Ashara, Kundu, Pai, Wako and Gomani) stating their historical antecedents, customs, traditions, population size and existing administrative structure.

In the Report, the committee recommended strongly that the second class status of Chief of Kwali be reversed to the Etsu of Kwali while Pai, Wako and Gomani Chiefdom be upgraded to 3rd class status.

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