Land busi­ness: FCTA staff move against col­league

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Ben Atonko

Staff of the Federal Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (FCDA) on Thurs­day held a peace­ful demon­stra­tion to press on the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) to take puni­tive ac­tion against their col­league, Mr Am­brose Sam­chi.

The demon­stra­tion which started in front of the FCT High Court, Apo ended by the pedes­trian en­trance to Area 11 of­fice of the FCTA, at­tract­ing many passersby.

Sam­chi who is im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the FCDA Staff Multi-pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety was ac­cused of mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing the so­ci­ety’s fi­nances.

He was in­ves­ti­gated by the man­age­ment but no puni­tive mea­sures have been taken against him, the demon­stra­tors said.

The staff car­ried ban­ners and plac­ards with writ­ings like: FCDA Staff Multi-pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety de­frauded by Mr Am­brose Sam­chi (for­mer pres­i­dent); co­op­er­a­tive es­tate land of 36 hectares di­verted for per­sonal property; moved N20 mil­lion from co­op­er­a­tive ac­count in First Gen­er­a­tion Homes (FGH) to his per­sonal ac­count in IBTC bank etc.

Sam­chi who was in Salary Ac­counts sec­tion was in­ves­ti­gated and is­sued a query early this year. Those who spoke de­manded quick ac­tion against Sam­chi.

The sec­re­tary gen­eral of the FCDA Staff Multi-pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety, Onoja Yakubu said, “The young man [Sam­chi] promised to ground the co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­ety to a halt and he has taken the ex­ec­u­tive to court, that the house be dis­solved and ac­counts frozen.

“The stake­hold­ers said no, that is not pos­si­ble. They can­not al­low their money to be frozen. They need to have ac­cess to their re­sources. That’s why we’re protest­ing.”

The trea­surer, Mrs El­iz­a­beth Omo­mude said, “I’m an­gry be­cause man­age­ment has re­fused to come up.

“This is­sue has been on for two years now. The FCTA man­age­ment is aware of this case.

“It was so mas­sive. It’s not what we should keep quiet. We’ve writ­ten more than four times.”

In­te­rior of Heaven Homes’ new Lekki Show Home at Richard Gate Es­tate un­veiled re­cently.

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