New districts: Abuja natives warn against marginalization
The creation of four new districts by the Federal Capital Territory Administration has attracted reactions from the indigenous youths of Abuja, as the umbrella body has warned against marginalization in the allocation of land in the new districts.
The FCT administration had a couple of weeks ago created four new districts namely: Mamusa North, Mamusa East, Parfun North and Parfun South, aimed at addressing the deficit of planned plots.
In statement issued in Abuja by the president of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment, Commandant Isaac David, and made available to journalists, he observed that the creation of the districts will engender development in the rural communities and further confirm Abuja as the fastest growing city in Africa.
David also urged that the compensation of the original inhabitants should not be restricted only to the payment of economic trees on the land, stressing that some degree of preference should be accorded or right of first refusal considering that these districts have been the ancestral homes of the indigenes for decades.
The indigenous youths called on the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to dialogue with the leadership of affected communities and assuage their nerves, noting that the challenge of development in the FCT is an onerous task and nothing should be allowed to derail the trajectory of commitment to opening up the rural areas.
The statement reads in part: "Sir, we have received complaints from indigenes living in these districts of possible marginalization in the allocation of the lands as happened in Maitama ll under Mpape district, Kpobi/ kuruduma axis and Apo Resettlement under Garki district.
"It is pertinent to observe that the compensation of the original inhabitants should not be restricted only to the payment of economic trees on the land. They should be given some degree of preference and accorded the right of first refusal for a given percentage of the allocations considering that these districts have been their ancestral homes for decades. They have the same rights as other citizens and their economic handicap should not be allowed to work against them in their homeland as this will mean robbing Peter to pay Paul".