By Stanley Onyekwere
To check the growing influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the troubled North East region into Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will in the next two weeks unveil a policy on IDPs.
According to the Coordinator Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Architect Reuben Okoya, who dropped this hint yesterday during a press briefing, Abuja has become a ‘safe haven’ to many IDPs from the some parts of the country facing unrest.
He said that the number of IDPs camps in Abuja have grown well over 17 since the commencement of security crisis in the North East region.
“Thousands of displaced people have moved into the FCT, as the unrest in the North East and South-South regions are driving many people into Abuja as a safe haven, and today the number of IDPs in Abuja is growing. This is threatening.
“ I can tell you the last Kano bomb blast has drove a lot of people to Abuja; we cannot stop people from coming in, but the best we can do is to manage them.”
“So, in the next two or three weeks, we (FCTA authorities will come up with a policy on IDPs in FCT, Okoya stressed.
Also, he noted that the sudden surge of population of people in the city has poised great challenges to the existing infrastructure which he said are being overstretched.
Peoples Daily reports that the AMMC saddled with managing the nation’s capital in terms of development control, environmental issues, parks and recreation, relocation and outdoor advertising among other functions.
To this end, the AMMC Coordinator, pointed out that as a city manager, the council under his leadership since 2011 has continued to manage the city in the face of all challenges, noting that dwindling revenue has not deterred the council from doing its work.
Meanwhile, the Director of Department of Development Control, Yahaya Yusuf, disclosed that a total of 436 abandoned buildings identified were marked for integrity test respectively.
He said that 59 of the identified buildings have undergone integrity test, after which the owners have commenced the restructuring of the affected buildings.