Original inhabitants and residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Sunday expressed satisfaction over the development of the area councils and satellite towns by the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Satellite Towns Development Agency.
The Leader of the FCT Indigenes and Stakeholders Forum, Ambassador Ayuba Jacob Ngbako, who addressed a news conference in Abuja, commended the performance of the minister of state for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, since her assumption of office in July 2011.
Ngbako, a former Nigerian Ambassador to The Gambia, stated that appreciable infrastructural development, youth and women empowerment, good health facilities have been executed in the six area councils and satellite towns of Abuja.
“We, the indigenes and residents of the FCT, are satisfied with the credible performance of the minister of state for FCT and are unequivocally saying that she deserves commendation and not condemnation.
“Oloye Akinjide has rolled out laudable projects in our communities and any person or group using the media to slander her image is not fair. Most communities of the FCT can now boast of good health care facilities, rural development, youth empowerment and other social amenities,” said Ambassador Ngbako, a three-time deputy mayor of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
He commended the minister of state for her proactiveness and genuine interest towards resolving the resettlement scheme, which had lingered for eight years.
A member of the FCT Indigenes and Stakeholders Forum and resident of Dutse Community in Bwari Area Council, Mrs. Victoria Madaki, praised Akinjide for involving the communities in the development of the area councils as well as the resettlement scheme.
“This is the first time that we are having an Administration in the FCT that involves the communities in the planning and execution of programmes. The people are being carried along in the development of the satellite towns.
“The FCT minister of state has done well. Most of the programmes and projects executed by the minister have a direct bearing on the indigenes and residents of the territory such as the community based health insurance scheme and agricultural development,” Madaki explained.
She recalled that the minister led the last immunisation exercise to the mosques and churches in Bwari Area Council and directly supervised the immunisation of children in homes, schools, mosques and churches.
Madaki further stated, “We are all living witnesses to the problems of the resettlement scheme since 2005 and also 2009 until the coming of the Minister of State for FCT, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, who set up a committee to genuinely look into the problems and resettle the people.
“The issue of resettlement has been handled in the interest of the original inhabitants of Garki, Apo and Akpanjeya Communities. Already, there is an implementation committee to execute the recommendations and fast track the resettlement programme and policies of the Administration without hitches.”
A resident of Nyanya, Mr. Danladi John, described the minister of state as very responsive to the plight of residents.
“The minister responded to the cries of the Gbagalape Community by directing the rehabilitation of Gbagalape bridge and road which cut of Gbagalape Community from Nyanya Phase IV in the FCT. The work has completed by the satellite towns development agency,” John disclosed.