Com­mu­nity ap­peals to min­is­ter to halt de­mo­li­tion

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

Etsu of Pasali, a com­mu­nity in Kuje Area Coun­cil, Malam Us­man Sule Yusuf, has ap­pealed to the FCT Min­is­ter, Se­na­tor Bala Muham­mad, to di­vert the pro­posed rail­way line billed to pass through the com­mu­nity to an­other area.

Ac­cord­ing to the monarch, the rail line, if al­lowed to pass through the com­mu­nity, would af­fect about 200,000 build­ings and ren­der many res­i­dents home­less.

Malam Us­man, who spoke to City News, Wed­nes­day, at his palace, said about 45 houses were al­ready de­mol­ished by the au­thor­i­ties. He said he has writ­ten to the Se­nate, through the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, through the Chair­man, House Com­mit­tee on FCT area coun­cils and aux­il­iary mat­ters, Ibrahim, Ebbo, FCT De­vel­op­ment Con­trol and the Gomo of Kuje, Al­haji Haruna Tanko Jib­rin on the mat­ter, adding that he was still await­ing their re­sponses.

He said that he also wrote to the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, which came to as­sess the de­mo­li­tion ex­er­cise and promised to han­dle the mat­ter, lament­ing that he has not heard from the com­mis­sion since then.

The com­mu­nity chief said that those whose houses were de­mol­ished have been forced to squat with friends and fam­i­lies, adding that their chil­dren have stopped go­ing to school since the de­mo­li­tion took place.

The Etsu called on the min­is­ter to come to the aid of the vic­tims and com­pen­sate them in or­der to ease their suf­fer­ings.

It would be re­called that on the Novem­ber 26 and 28, 2013, the FCT au­thor­i­ties em­barked on a de­mo­li­tion ex­er­cise in Pasali area and its en­vi­rons.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR YAKUBU

A woman car­ry­ing pieces of wood near Dei-Dei Build­ing Ma­te­rial Mar­ket in Abuja on Wed­nes­day.

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