Natives of FCT has challenged the management of the Centenary City Project to explain how and when the amount of N1.237billion was spent as compensation of affected communities.
Natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the auspices of Lugbe / Iddo District Community Youth Forum has challenged the management of the Centenary City Project to explain how and when the amount of N1.237billion was spent as compensation of affected communities.
The indigenes who raised alarm that they have not been compensated in respect of their structures, houses and property as claimed by the authority of the Abuja Centenary City projected further described the statement as misleading and misrepresentation made to President Muhammadu Buhari with respect to the centenary city project by the Gen. Abubakar Abdusalam-led Abuja centenary city Committee.
The chairman of the indigenous Youth forum, Emmanuel Gade, who made this call in a press briefing on behalf of the affected communities in Abuja, said that the affected communities namely, Barwa, Dayisna, Kpaikpai and Toga the condemned and disassociate themselves from the statement. “We categorically consider the said approval of the report as submitted to Mr. President in it entirety as fraudulent, misleading and deceit.
The authority had reneged on our collective position reached between the affected communities and the authority to constitute a standing Committee to fashion out modalities for the relocation and resettlement of the affected communities. “We have since rebuffed and countered by our letters to some government and concerned authorities, the statement made by the Director of Centenary City Plc, that affected communities have been compensated. “It is however, regrettable that up to the time of this press briefing, we are yet to receive any response, correspondence or attention from the concern authorities.
It is on record that the sum of N319, 574,979:00k only was spent as monetary compensation to the affected communities with respect to their crops and economic trees only,” they said.
The indigenes explained in a breakdown of how the N319,574,979:00k they got for their crops and economic trees was shared amongst the affected communities, that Barwa village got N80,467,928, Dayisna village got N96,941,343:50k, Kpaikpai village N55,551,641, while Toge village got N86,614,069.
“We therefore challenge the authority to explain how, and when the said a whooping sum of over one billion naira, N1.237 was spent as compensation to the affected communities with verifiable evidence. “We have resolved to undertake all available legal and constitutional means to make sure that our inalienable rights as guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not trampled upon as citizens of Nigeria,” Gade said