Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Administration through its Department of Resettlement and Compensation has upped issuance of allocation letters to indigenous people of Gbagi extraction within Garki village, to expedite their planned relocation to Apo Resettlement site.
Our correspondent reports that as part of its developmental policy, the FCTA recently reactivated relocation of indigenous people living in Apo, Akpmajenya and Garki villages respectively.
The move is in continuation of the reinvigorated effort to swiftly relocate and resettle indigenes within the Federal Capital City (FCC) to designated resettlement areas within the nation’s capital city.
According to Assistant Director, Department of Resettlement and Compensation, Town Planner, Nasiru Suleiman, the essence of issuance of allocation letters to the affected people, was so that they can move as fast as possible to their appropriate resettlement area.
Explaining that relocation is an ongoing exercise, he said the Department has finished with all those in the affected settlements, except those of Gbagi extraction, whom are currently getting their allocation letters.
Suleiman noted that the exercise which commenced on Monday, is going smoothly, describing the people’s cooperation as very cordial.
“It is part of the policy of the FCTA that indigenes within the FCC are to be relocated to appropriate resettlement sites.
“We don’t know most of these indigenes, so there are there representatives of the each of the affected communities that help us to identify and verify those on the list we are working with.
“For those that own houses, we are giving them two plots while those that don’t have houses, we are issuing them one plot respectively.
“And before we give them the allocation letters, the representatives have to acknowledge the receipt of the original papers, with two passport photographs of the real beneficiaries. It has been going on for years, and now we are about concluding everything,” he stressed.
Also speaking, the representative of the community in the FCT Resettlement committee, Mr. Lazarus Nyaholo, disclosed that the beneficiaries are those that were captured, during the enumeration exercise held since 2005.
One of the beneficiaries from Garki Village, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim, said he was excited about the exercise, as it’s something they have been waiting for, over period of time.
He said: “We really appreciate the current FCT Administration for giving us this opportunity to have what we can remember for a long time to come.
“My advice to others is that they should be patient, take their time, because issuing the papers is never an easy task for the officials, so we should encourage delivering, in order for them to have their own allocation papers, just as I have collected my own.”