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Bill To Establish FCT Compensation, Resettlement Board Passes 2nd Reading

A bill for an Act to establish the FCT Compensation, Resettlement and Welfare Board has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The Bill sponsored by member representing Karu Keffi Kokona Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State, Johnathan Gwefi is aimed at raising funds to settle all original inhabitants occupying developed areas within the Federal Capital Territory.

Leading the debate, Gwefi explained that the proposed legislation seeks to address the displacement and resettlement problems in the Territory.

He said the previous strategies employed by the government to resettle the original inhabitants has failed due to lack of adequate funding and corruption amongst others.

The lawmaker noted that the Bill when passed into law will provide the needed legal framework to pave way for adequate compensation of affected citizens as well as promote sustainable development of the FCT.

The Board is expected to be chaired by an indigene, with representatives from the six Area Councils and the indigenous traditional council who are familiar with the challenges of compensation and resettlement to ensure a lasting solution is proffered to this lingering issue.

Ruling on the Bill, the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over plenary referred the Bill to the relevant committee for further legislative inputs.

Aisha Adesanya

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