The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has started the process of settling compensation claims for native settlers who currently live in the area designated for the development of Gwagwa District.
Payment of compensation to locals is a crucial component of efforts to pave the way for the start of work on providing engineering infrastructure to the first Land Swap District.
Shehu Hadi Ahmed, Executive Secretary of the FCDA, told this to journalists during the distribution of compensation cheques to impacted people of the communities at the FCDA Conference Hall in Area 11, Abuja.
He said: “We just flagged off the payment of compensation for economic trees and crops with respect to the acquisition of the land in Gwagwa District meant for the development of infrastructure, through the land swap arrangement and initiative of the FCT administration.
“We hold this payment of compensation very critical because the minister has performed the flag off of the land swap programme in the FCT. Now, the community and FCT residents will know that the FCT administration is really very prepared to go on and with experienced investor who has shown great level of commitment to the Land Swap programme as a pilot scheme.”
Also speaking, coordinator, AIIC, Musa Kubau, said: “To us in the AIIC, today is a milestone achievement that we have worked assiduously to see that we get to this level and of course, it is very evident that we cannot do anything without the very strong support of the minister and the executive secretary.
He said the land swap for Infrastructure Model was actually introduced to see how they can augment the effort of the government in accelerating development in the FCT, particularly in encouraging home ownership and development of infrastructure.
He added that government needs continuous partnership to fund any profitable infrastructure projects.