Written by Austine ELEMUE

Stop developments along disputed boundary - Bello warns

 

Following ongoing discussions between the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and Niger state government on disputed boundary areas, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has warned developers in the nation’s capital and Niger state to stop all forms of developments, especially along the disputed area in Dakwa in Bwari Area Council. 

Speaking for the FCTA, the coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Umar Shuiabu, last week, visited major stakeholders in Dakwa to sensitize them on a resolution earlier reached by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello. 

Speaking to Dagachin Dakwa, Alh. Zakari Jagaba and Sarkin Dakwa, Alh. Alhassan  Chikuri, at their separate palaces, the coordinator appealed to the traditional rulers and developers in the two states to stop any further developments around the disputed area pending the resolution of the matter by National Boundary Commission, which he disclosed was working seriously to forestall any possible breakdown of law. 

According to Shuaibu, the two governments would enforce the temporary ban on further developments in Dakwa in order to allow the federal government to conclude its work on schedule. 

Jagaba while responding to the AMMC Coordinator’s address in his palace, located at the Niger State side of Dakwa, the royal father pledged support to work with the government to reach a lasting solution of the boundary dispute, adding that he and his chiefdom were ready to belong to either Niger State or the FCT, depending on resolution of the matter. 

Jagaba said: “if it is FCT that the government resolves that we belong to, we will abide by it, and if it is Niger State, we will still follow. We will support the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.” 

The Sarkin Dakwa, Alhassan Musa Chikuri, who addressed the visitors in his palace, expressed willingness to continue to belong to the FCT, saying “we know where we belong, we are in the FCT. The FCT Administration is the one taking responsibility over our welfare and every other thing in Dakwa. The FCTA are the ones that give us water, build primary and secondary schools, and road, as well as other basic infrastructure for us.” 

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