By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Director of the CTF’s Resettlement and Compensation Department, Ms. Perpetua Ohammah, said this when answering reporters’ questions on Sunday in Abuja.
Ohammah said it was done with a human face and respecting the rules of engagement as specified by the law governing the policy.
She insisted that the territory’s mandate to restore the Abuja master plan must be respected by all.
She said the alleged deprivation of compensation in the Gyadna community was cheap blackmail.
She said: “Our attention has been drawn to false media reports on compensation in the community.
“Indeed, this is a campaign of slander and low cost blackmail propagated by some people who do not want the exercise to continue in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“To keep the records running, in 2017 the Department of Engineering Services of the Federal Capital Development Authority asked the Department of Resettlement and Compensation to assess economic structures, crops and trees. (on the right side).
“To pay compensation in the process leading to the construction of the Inner Northern Expressway, INEX.
“The authorities further recalled that after the exercise, beneficiaries and owners of properties and agricultural land who were qualified received adequate compensation.
“Of the 37 structures assessed, only 15 beneficiaries were recommended and paid because the other 22 could not provide the relevant documents and construction plan approvals to qualify them for payment. “
Likewise, she said in 2019, an assessment of economic structures, crops and trees (on the left side of INEX) was carried out.
She said a total of 66 structures were assessed while 60 were initially recommended for payment.
“Later, it was discovered that two people included were not qualified. Approvals were requested and obtained for their funds to be returned to the contractor.
“The 58 others were compensated. It may be necessary to note here that during such an appraisal, all homes are usually documented for possible payment pending verification, as sometimes it may be necessary to make an urgent withdrawal, ”she said. .
The manager revealed that only homes belonging to the original FCT residents and others that had genuine award letters with building plan approvals were ultimately paid.
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