The Presidency yesterday in a tacit manner exonerated the Centenary City Plc from corruption even as he welcomed assurance that all the original inhabitants of the site have been fully compensated.
President Muhammadu Buhari praised the Centenary City’s main development partners from the United Arab Emirates for having enough confidence in Nigeria to agree to invest about $18.5 billion in the project.
President Buhari also welcomed the assertion by Gen. Abubakar and his team that the project will create about 250,000 more direct jobs in the Federal Capital Territory and about half a million indirect jobs.
The President noted that skills, expertise and vast experience that will be brought into the country to build the Centenary City on the Dubai model, will also be of immense benefit to Nigeria’s overall development and looks forward to regular updates on the Centenary City’s development.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, said the issue of the rights of the original inhabitants of the site acquired for the Centenary City had been of concern to the present Administration.
“We are glad that it is being handled,” Osinbajo said while welcoming the assurance that compensation had been paid to those who will be displaced by the project and that the issue of their relocation was being addressed.
Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar and the management of the Centenary City also told President Buhari that the project will be totally private sector driven.
The National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP South- south, Dr. Cairo Ojuigboh had made shocking revelations to the effect that the processes leading to the establishment of the Centenary City in Abuja were “an elaborate scheme, cunningly conceived to defraud the Government and the good people of Nigeria.”
The Centenary City Project, located off Umaru Yar’Adua Road, Abuja was promoted by the former President Goodluck Jonathan led administration with huge funds expended on it.
Ojuigboh, who was the Chairman of the board of the Nigeria Export Processing Authority, NEPZA, insisted that “the Project is ‘crime personified’; as the said Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) was obtained under false pretence, and cunningly contrived to look like a Public Private Partnership arrangement.”
He spoke through his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, in Abuja, following a lawsuit brought against him by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim. Anyim sued him for maintaining similar position in recent press interviews.
In the N1billion libel suit Marked CV/2598/15 filled by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the former Senate President claimed that Ojuigboh’s position on the Centenary City Project was libelous of his person and capable of scaring away foreign investors.
Ojuigboh, in a statement issued by Ajulo, said although he was yet to be served court processes in relation to Anyim’s suit, he insisted on his position about the project. He disclosed that he has petitioned the Inspector General of Police to probe the project and ensure those behind it were prosecuted.


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