The House of Representatives has begun a legislative process to address the challenges and injustice that the people of Abuja have faced over the years through the planned establishment of the FCT Compensation, Resettlement and Welfare Board.
Daily Trust reports that a bill to establish the FCT Compensation, Resettlement and Welfare Board with the primary purpose of raising funds to resettle all original inhabitants occupying developed areas within the FCT and also for other resettlement projects and related matters, 2021 sponsored by the Hon. Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi (Nasarawa, APC) passed second reading in the House.
The bill’s sponsor, Hon. Gbefwi, in an interactive session with stakeholders and representatives of indigenous peoples from the FCT, said that the bill, once enacted, would ensure better welfare for the indigenous peoples of Abuja and restore their cultural ties.
He said the Council, when it comes into force, will among other things ensure effective planning, project appraisal, proper resettlement and compensation of FCT Aborigines, economic and social development of the people in accordance with international best practice. .
Speaking during the interaction, FCT Public Complaints Commission Commissioner Dalhatu Ezekiel urged representatives of the FCT’s native residents to study the provisions of the bill as well as raise awareness. to enable them to make the necessary contributions during the public hearing on the Invoice.