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EFCC solicits immediate relocation of Piwoyi community

15th Jul, 2019 | By Victoria Agorom | ||

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu has solicited the immediate relocation of Piwoyi Community along Airport Road, Abuja Municipal Area Council to enable the Commission take possession of plot 738, Cadastral Zone COO Abuja FCT allocated to the Commission by the FCT.

Mr. Magu stated this during a recent briefing in his office by the Joint Committee of the Commission and Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) on the outcome of its site visitation to the plot. In a press release signed by the Public Relations Officer, Department of Resettlement and Compensation FCDA, Sebastian Dauda, Magu justified his position by saying that the relocation of the community has become important due to inadequate accommodation and other services needed to motivate the workforce to enable them perform their statutory function.

He requested that more sizeable land should be allocated to the commission in addition to the existing one, noting that the Commission's job description is very demanding and that corruption is actually fighting back. In view of this, he stressed that his staff need shelter as an incentive. In her response to the Chairman's request, the Director of the FCDA Department Estate Surveyor Perpetua Ohammah intimated the EFCC Boss that the site in question has been fully built –up by the original inhabitants adding that the community is billed to be relocated to Wasa after which the Commission can take possession of their plot.

Regarding the payment of compensation to the people, the Director disclosed that the cost implication on the Commission may not be much as the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will cater for certain basic demands. She expressed her satisfaction on the move and commitment of the Commission and stressed that if the collaborative efforts are sustained, the relocation can be achieved within the shortest possible time. On the request on additional allocation, Ohammah told Magu that it was possible, but would take time, she advised the Commission to utilize the plot by building High- Rise instead of bungalows while they seek for more allocation.

Earlier in his briefing on the Committee's findings, EFCC Director of Organisational Support, Dr. Aminu Gusau told EFCC Chairman that the said property is lying on 1.86 hectares and was allocated to the Commission in 2011, free of any form of encroachment. He expressed reservation on whether the plot would still serve the purpose for which it was allocated now that it has been fully occupied. It would be recalled that the FCT Administration has designated a land mass of about 700 hectares in Wasa for the relocation of all indigenous communities that fell within the Phase 11 allocation programme. So far construction work is on- going on the site and works are at various stages.

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