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Again FCTA Warns Okada, Keke to Stay Off Abuja City Centre

 

Protracted land dispute between the authorities of the
Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, and
DAAR Communications Plc, owners of Africa
Independent Television, AIT, and Raypower, may
continue to linger, despite promises by the two parties to
resolve the issue amicably. 
It would be recalled that the two warring parties had in
November 2018, resolved to tow the path of peaceful
resolution of issues surrounding a portion of land
occupied by DAAR Communications Plc. 
It was further learnt that during the November 2018
reconciliatory meeting, the duo had mutually agreed to
reach an out-of-court settlement that would bring about
permanent solution and forge ahead with the
development of the FCT and the nation. 
During the meeting, the Chief of Staff to the FCT
Minister, Bashir Mai-Borno, who led the FCTA team,
harped on the necessity of not complicating a simple
issue, assuring that the present administration would
solve the matter amicably, satisfying all the parties
involved. 
Mai-Borno, while pointing to the problem areas on a
satellite image map, exhibited in-depth knowledge of the
situation and effectively explained the knotty issues

about the landed property to High Chief Raymond
Dokpesi, owner of DAAR Group and his team. 
The Chief of Staff, who directed an immediate on-the-
spot investigation of the area, appealed for calm,
promising that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad
Musa Bello, would finally resolve the matter in a manner
that all parties would be happy. 
According to him, the physical visit was necessary to
determine the true position if claims and counter claims
by all parties, including complaints lodged by allottees
that their plots have been subsumed by AIT, and that
they do not have access to their land. 
High Chief, Raymond Dokpesi, while responding to a
question on his impression of the meeting, expressed
confidence in the current FCT Administration to end the
matter satisfactorily and pledged to abide by its
resolutions. 
He said: "For the first time in a long time the FCTA have
come on a round table to resolve this issue. It is true that
most of this transaction took place a long time before
this time, and it is not all the volumes of the files that
may be available, but if people take decisions without
consultation, then you are bound to have more
conflicts.” 
"I have absolute confidence in the Honourable Minister
and management, in the way and manner the Chief of
Staff conducted the meeting and so on.”I am pleased
and ready to abide by whatever resolution," he said. 

However, investigations by our correspondent have
revealed that despite these commitments reached, there
is no peace in sight as efforts made to reach out to
DAAR Communications have proved unsuccessful. 
Our correspondent further gathered that the
management of DAAR Communications has refused to
grant media interview on the recent development of the
disputed land portion.

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