Land Swap: FCT Minister Guarantees Residence Welfare

By Akin Akande, Abuja
FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed has assured that affected original inhabitants of FCT living within the areas earmarked for the land swap policy would be carried along in the implementation of the programme.
Senator Mohammed stated that they would not be abandoned to the elements as their well being would be adequately captured.
He advised them not to allow themselves to be used as tool by those scheming to politicize the policy which is intended to accelerate infrastructure and housing development in the FCT.
Speaking during a meeting with relevant officials in his office, the Minister stated that the land swap system was adopted as a way of fast-tracking development to keep pace with the ever increasing population of FCT.
He described Abuja as the fastest growing city in Africa stressing that there would be a demographic disaster unless a revolutionary measure like the land swap system was taken to provide decent and affordable housing for the residents including the original inhabitants.
Senator Mohammed directed that more interactive sessions be held with the affected persons to reassure them of the huge benefits derivable from the land swap policy adding that the model was pro-people.
He stated that FCT is a place for all Nigerians hence the need to fast-track the opening of more districts to accommodate millions of people relocating to the territory from other parts of the country, particularly the areas facing security challenges.
The Minister pleaded for the understanding of all Nigerians while his administration takes measures to continue with the provision of amenities and facilities to stem the pressure mounting on existing ones.