17 January 2013

Nigeria: Displaced Fulanis At Gwako to Be Resettled

FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, Tuesday said that N11 million out of N29 million approved for resettlement of victims of the Gwako crisis in Gwagwalada Area Council has been earmarked to resettle displaced Fulanis in their original land. He directed the Executive Secretary of Federal Capital Development Authority, Adamu Ismaila, to within one month provide the Fulanis with land earlier earmarked for grazing at Paikon-Kore area of the territory, adding that a committee be set up to actualize the movement of the normads to their Permanent Grazing Reserve.

The minister who stated this while receiving a final report from a committee set up to review the interim report on the crisis submitted on January 7, said the FCT Legal Department would arrange compensation for the families of the injured and two deceased persons killed during the clash.

He said a technical committee would be set up to look into the 11,824.04 hectares of land allocated to the University of Abuja in order to streamline it to a manageable size in line with the National Universities Commission's guidelines.

The minister further directed that N200,000 be used to clear the premises of the University of Abuja, which was used as temporary camp for the victims.

The Chairman of the Implementation Committee, who is also the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Anthony Ozodinobi, recommended that the police conclude investigations to prosecute the culprits early.

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