Garki indigenes would work with four sub-committees to fast track the realization of the resettlement scheme.
Garki indigenes have constituted an 11-man team that would work with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, ministerial committee on the implementation of Apo Resettlement Scheme.
The constitution of the team representing the four communities of Garki Gbagyi, Garki Hausa, Akpanjenya and Apo, followed the resolution of the problems that had threatened the successful implementation of the scheme.
Members of the team include the President of Garki Youth Association, Joel Yezegbe; Youth Leader of Garki Hausa, Abdulwahab Musa; representative Apo Community, Daniel Vundabo; and his counterpart from Akpanjenya Community, Yohanne Gade.
Other members include Josiah Shinkpe, Ayuba Tanbo and Christopher Zakka, representing Garki Gbagyi; Abubakar Liman and Danlami Bala (Garki Hausa), and Gbaiza Gimba and Elisha Baba for Greater Gbagyi Development Initiative.
The Sa-Peyi of Garki, Usman Nga-Kupi, and his Council of Chiefs in a letter presented to the Implementation Committee, reaffirmed their commitment to work with other members of the Committee towards the realization of its terms of reference.
“We hereby state without any fear of contradiction that we are impressed with the job of the fact-finding committee. We admit that the recommendations of the Committee were fair and just,” they noted in the letter.
The Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on the Implementation of Apo Resettlement, Yusuf Tsaiyabu, who received the Garki representatives at the meeting, commended their decision to be part of the committee, saying that this was in the best interest of the communities and the successful implementation of the scheme.
The team would work with four sub-committees constituted by the ministerial committee to fast-track the realization of the terms of reference of the committee.
Mr. Tsaiyabu named the sub-committees to include those for Policy Implementation, headed by the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Micah Jiba; Community Liaising & Participation, chaired by Director of Inspection, Planning and Management of Area Council Services Secretariat, Joshua Kaura; Data Verification, led by the Director of Resettlement and Compensation, Francis Okechukwu; and Movement, headed by the Special Adviser on Lands to Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Steven Awoniyi.
Mr. Tsaiyabu told committee members to see their assignment as very crucial, requiring full participation, adding that all sub-committees are expected to submit their reports by March 27.
The Minister of State for Abuja Olajumoke Akinjide, recently inaugurated the ministerial committee on the Implementation of Apo Resettlement Scheme chaired by Mr. Tsaiyabu, with the Special Assistant to the Minister of State on Resettlement, Benedict Ogenyi, as secretary.
The committee’s terms of reference include implementing the recommendations in the report of the ministerial committee on facts-finding and the way forward on Apo Resettlement Scheme.
The committee is also expected to liaise with the Urban and Regional Planning Department to ensure that the final design of Garki Village is prepared for implementation in order to determine the exact number of houses to be left within the integrated area; consider complaints or omissions on allocations and other related issues that might have been outstanding, and effect immediate movement of the three communities (Garki, Apo and Akpajenya) to the Apo Resettlement site.