Federal govt to relocate original inhabitants of Abuja in 2015

Smart Adeyemi

Original inhabitants of Abuja are to be relocated to their permanent site in 2015, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Smart Adeyemi, has said.

Mr. Adeyemi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that already, districts were being created to ensure the implementation of the relocation next year, adding that the exercise would relieve many of the original inhabitants of some of their problems.

Mr. Adeyemi said efforts were being made to ensure a robust budget allocation for the FCT in 2015.

“In next year’s budget, effort will be made to look at the possibility of providing a good percentage of the revenue allocation for natives to move to their permanent sites.

“Compensation is a serious problem due to the dwindling national revenue, the oil price has not really been too stable.

“And the government is facing so many challenges; so, the allocation to Federal capital Territory has not been quite encouraging.

“That explains why we are coming with a revenue board to look at the possibility of improving the internally generated revenue of the FCT so that they can meet some of these problems.

“By and large, the problem of compensation is the issue of money.

“The FCT is ever expanding, the roads are getting congested. There is need to expand and construct more roads and all these, of course, affect other sectors.

“But I must equally emphasise that the government has done appreciably well in terms of the needs of the indigenous people,” he said.

The lawmaker accused the original inhabitants of selling the estates built for them by the Federal Government.

“I must equally say that some of the estates that have been completed but have been sold by the natives to other Nigerians, making the problem of movement a bit difficult.

“The Garki village, the indigenous people there ought to have moved but the painful thing there is the new site provided by government; the houses there have been completed.

“About 90 per cent of the houses had been completed and sold to other Nigerians by the natives and if you move them, they have no place to lay their heads.’’

Mr. Adeyemi explained that the present administration inherited the problems of the  original inhabitants from  previous military regimes that failed to pay the required compensation to the affected Nigerians.



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  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    Another “white elephant” project to siphon public funds is being canvassed here…how is it possible that the “original inhabitants” of the FCT are yet to be settled after how many years? Isn’t it true that many that were initially “settled” sold off their allocations and refused to relocate, hence the present situation?

  • Otile

    Oil money from SE SS is being wasted in building up Abuja in the name of one Nigeria. After the place is developed from primitivity some corrupt tribalist head of Abuja will deport Igbo telling them to go home and develop their place. But why not give Igbo part of their God given oil to develop Igboland? Where is justice in one Nigeria?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Otile, this is pure balderdash coming from you!

      In your delusions, you have now stretched the oil of the Delta and the South South into an Igbo agenda!

      Do you now see why the people of the region have refused to buy into your Biafran nightmare? They know the professed love of the man crying because his chicken has been stolen is not because the chicken would be killed by the thief but for the fact that the ex-owner would not be the one doing the killing and eating of the chicken!

      Stop all these ethnic rigmarole and face the reality of working for money rather than waiting for crude oyel that does not belong to the Ndigbo in the first instance.

  • Otile

    The sensible thing to do is to move some Federal ministriesto the East and South South and leave the natives in their places to avoid creating displacement problems. TheNorth and SW have had more than their lion share of SE SS oil money. Spreading the Federal presence in various parts of the country is normal practice in other parts of the world not in Nigeria. Now when the East rightly complain of cheating and marginalization idiyots will hoot them down.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Otile, your first comment made perfect sense; but with the second one, you went back into your default mode of being a tribalist.

      I picked up on another aspect of Senator Adeyemi’s comment and think it is also a possible way forward if the government does not heed your advice to decentralise – not necessarily into your aboriginal backyard.

      “That explains why we are coming with a revenue board to look at the possibility of improving the internally generated revenue of the FCT so that they can meet some of these problems.” – Senator Adeyemi..

      Dear Senator, there is no point in re-inventing the bicycle wheel. Abuja, as the current FCT, does not present a greater challenge than the Lagos that the duo of BAT and Fash has re-invented in terms of revenue generation, save the lack of a port facility. However, what it lacks in port facilities is aptly made up for in terms of property values and a not-so-congested population / environment. Go borrow a leaf from the LASG.

      Nigerians and our government officials are too lazy in their thinking and over-dependence on crude oil funds. What would it have been like if there was no crude in the South south, which only gets spillages and gas flaring for giving us oil?

  • Maazi Umahi

    I hope the same thing will be done to south south people to live their native land for oil exploration so that they will have fertile land free from oil pollution.

  • NoSpinEd

    The rule of law is paramount in any civilized democracy and must not be compromised even in the execution of
    a worthy cause. There are provisions in the constitution for the declaration of the state of emergency by the President if it becomes necessary in pursuant of a war (presumably against corruption). It is clearly delineated in section 305
    of the 1999 Constitution an invariably involves the Congress. It states in
    “…two-thirds majority of the National Assembly must ratify the executive proclamation within two days”.

    We hope it will not come to this, but corruption is so ingrained in our culture, that its evocation might become necessary in order to pursue that worthy objective within the confines of the constitution and the rule of law.

  • uche j

    I completely endorse this opinion even though it affects my ethnic origin.

    Imagine a scenario where brilliant writers like Okey Ndibe, Religious leaders, Nollywood Actors and Student Unions join the Wole Soyinkas and come out openly to support Buhari against this sustained attack by the very heartless corrupt politicians that had corruptly left the Country a landscape of shame and degradation; just imagine the transformation that would envelop the Nation… Just Imagine…!

    But all you hear is, Buhari did not appoint Igboman; Buhari is witch-hunting PDP members; The war against corruption is one sided; Buhari should start the fight against corruption from garden of eden; Buhari himself is corrupt; Buhari is only persecuting SS/SE politicians, etc, etc, etc!!!!

    Okey Ndibe, something really is wrong somewhere. Is it old age? You don’t even have to like Buhari or any Fulani man for that matter. What is wrong with Nigerians?

    The same politicians who “ate” money meant for Roads, Electricity, Arms for Security, Education, Health etc are the same people Nigerians like Okey Ndibe and Kukah are providing sufficient oxygen to gloat and laugh at us all.

    What type of people are we, really!