19 villages around Abuja have been ear-marked for demolition by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). Mrs Josie Mudashiru, a spokesperson for the Department of Development Control, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), announced this yesterday in Abuja.
Mudashiru said the affected villages comprise Idu, Karmo-Dape, Tasha, Gwagwa, Suburi, Zauda, Jahi, Gishiri, Mabushi, Mpape, Kuchigoro, Chika, Aleita, Piwoyi, Lugbe, Pyakassa, Tudun-wada, Dei-dei and Guzape.
She said that AMMC had begun a two-month sensitisation programme for residents of the areas.
“We have commenced sensitisation programmes in Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Gwari and pidgin English in the affected areas before the demolition exercise,” Mudashiru said, “We have involved chiefs, youths and other stakeholders in the sensitisation programme. We will proceed for marking after the programme, and hopefully, the demolition will commence before the end of 2012.”
According to her, several efforts have been made by the FCT Urban Development to disuade non-indigenes from buying land from local chiefs.
“More than 80 per cent of people living in Lugbe are non-indigenes. They have been warned to desist from buying land from local chiefs but they refused to listen to our advice.”
However, the media assistant to the Minister of FCT, Nosike Ogbuenyin, refused to answer questions on the matter.