As the current Federal Capital Territory Administration rounds off, Abuja Original Inhabitants Coalition Group, OICG, has advised the incoming administration to ensure that some of the laudable policies initiated by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed’s administration were allowed to continue, specifically the Land Swap Policy.
The policy was introduced to bridge the infrastructural gap in the FCT by allocating lands to private investors in exchanged of engineering and physical infrastructures.
The group agreed that the policy had indeed touched the lives of their people in positive way, as well as bringing development to them faster than expected.
Reacting to recent call by some indigenes of the FCT for the incoming administration to scrap the policy, the coordinator of the group, Engr. Danjuma Bussa noted that the setback experienced in the past regarding the speedy development of the federal capital territory was as a result of inconsistency in the policy of successive governments.
Engr. Bussa, who is a member representing FCT in the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission, RMFAC, expressed disappointment that that “this people who are calling for the scrap of the policy were the same people who were duly consulted and were acquainted with the various stages of the policy before it was formed.
“To be candid, we are taking aback by the recent call by OIDA to scrap the Land Swap policy. We want to state in clear terms that it is not a true position of all the original inhabitants of Abuja. We want to equally state in an unequivocal term that few people cannot stay in their comfort zone and impose their selfish and myopic position on the rest of us. Such action and decision is anti-democratic, bias, selfish and unproductive.
“It is an indisputable fact that before the implementation of the Land Swap Policy, the FCT administration convoked a town hall meeting of all stakeholders at the International Conference Centre to discuss the viability of the policy.
“These groups of people clamouring for the scraping of the policy were part of the committee that submitted its memoranda for the success of the policy. We all examined some of the identified loopholes and make necessary amendments. It will be unjust and undemocratic for the incoming government to scrap such policy by fiat without involving all the stakeholders,” he affirmed.


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