Written by Austine ELEMUE

Journalists advocate establishment of Abuja indigenes bureau

Journalists under the aegis of FCT Press Corps have urged the FCT Administration to establish a bureau for indigenes similar to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC to cater for the needs of the original inhabitants of the FCT. 

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a two-day retreat on the achievements of the FCT Administration. 

The journalists noted that doing so would ease a lot of friction presently experienced between the administration and Abuja natives. 

On the huge amount required to pay for resettlement and compensation, journalists maintained that government should summon the courage and mobilise the needed N500 billion for a comprehensive resettlement of the indigenous population of the FCT and save the nation the trouble, warning that if the issue of compensation is not addressed it might snowball in the near future. 

For the speedy development of the nation's capital in the era of very scarce resources, the group advised that further public private partnership, PPP, be entered into like the Land Swap strategy. 

To achieve a credible partnership so that investors don't see it as a means of land grab, they called on the FCT Administration to critically vet would-be private investors before partnering with them for the development of the territory. 

They also urged the FCT Administration to key into e-governance to save time, man hour wasted and facilitate ease of governance, while curbing corruption. 

It would be recalled that recently the Vice President's convoy was interrupted along the Airport road by protesting Abuja youths who claimed that their land was forcefully taken away by the Nigerian Army without compensation or due resettlement by the appropriate authorities.   

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