Kpad­uma res­i­dents ap­peal for in­te­gra­tion

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi

Res­i­dents of Kpad­uma, Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC), have ap­pealed to the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) to con­sider in­te­grat­ing them in­stead of re­set­tling them else­where.

The res­i­dents, headed by Bala Iyah, also urged the gov­ern­ment to stop al­lot­ting plots in the com­mu­nity un­til the suit al­ready in the court is de­cided.

Iyah said there is a court or­der re­strain­ing de­vel­op­ment con­trol or any­body from tam­per­ing with land and houses in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“If the court passes its judg­ment and we do not have the right to stay here again, we will leave im­me­di­ately,” he said.

He said gov­ern­ment should con­sider in­te­grat­ing the res­i­dents rather than re­set­tling them else­where as most of them are fond of their homes and her­itage.

Iyah said res­i­dents now live in fear in their an­ces­tral land, “due to au­thor­ity of de­vel­op­ment con­trol, whose staff have been ter­ror­is­ing us on daily ba­sis with armed mil­i­tary per­son­nel.”

One of the res­i­dents, Ed­ward Ayuba, whose du­plex was among build­ings de­mol­ished dur­ing an ex­er­cise on Wed­nes­day 22 June, said the res­i­dents are dis­turbed by the ac­tiv­i­ties of the FCDA of­fi­cials.

He ap­pealed to the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion to heed to them and also in­struct of­fi­cers of de­vel­op­ment con­trol to de­sist from de­mo­li­tion houses in the com­mu­nity.

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