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WORK TO COMMENCE ON 2ND RUNWAY OF THE ABUJA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AS FCTA PAYS OVER 800M COMPENSATION TO COMMUNITY

1.      Work will soon commence on the construction of the 2nd runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja following the signing of an agreement on compensation to the Jiwa Community on whose land the runway will be constructed.

2.        In the agreement signed between the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development and the Jiwa community in the FCT, on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, a sum of Eight Hundred and Twenty-Five Million, Eight Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eleven Naira Forty-Three Kobo (N825, 819,911.43) would be paid to the community as compensation to pave way for the commencement of work on the project.

3.        Speaking on the agreement reached, the FCT Minister, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, assured that the money has been made available and will get to all affected in the next few days.

4.       He said, “As we leave here, the Federal Capital Territory through the FCDA will release the money approved for compensation and resettlement of those who are there. The total value of what we are paying is N825, 819,911.43 (Eight hundred and twenty-five million, eight hundred and nineteen thousand naira, Nine Hundred and Eleven Naira Forty-Three Kobo) for the compensation and resettlement.”

5.      The contract for the construction of the second runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was awarded in March 2022 by the Ministry of Aviation and Aero Space Development, but work could not commence due to disagreements over issues of resettlement and compensation.

6.      However, following the signing of the agreement between the FCTA and the Jiwa community, the FCT Minister, Barrister Wike, says contractors will now move to site in the next few days to commence work on the project, after the payment of the agreed sum to the community. 

7.      Barrister Wike who spoke shortly after a meeting between the FCT Administration, the Ministry of Aviation and Aero Space Development, as well as representatives of the Jiwa Community at the FCDA Conference Room in Abuja, expressed gratitude to God for the amicable resolution of the contending issues.

8.      The Minister who also appreciated the Sarkin Jiwa, HRH, Alhaji Idris Musa, for mobilizing his people to resolve the issues, stated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has mandated the Ministry of Aviation to kick-start and complete the second runway project, which is very vital for the international airport in the FCT.

9.       Barrister Wike also disclosed that as part of incentives to the community, the FCT Administration will give immediate employment to 10 indigenes of the Jiwa community, while another 12 will come from the Ministry of Aviation and the Aviation Agencies.

10.  He further assured that the FCT Administration will include the rehabilitation of the Tunga Madaki bridge in Jiwa community in the 2024 budget, in addition to the provision of a modern healthcare facility. 

11.  The FCT Minister said, “We are going to construct Tunga Madaki bridge which will be put in 2024 budget. Secondly, we are going to provide for the community, a modern healthcare facility that is better than what is there now”. 

12.    “We believe by the grace God, if that is done today and then tomorrow or next tomorrow, the money is paid to them, the contractors will no longer delay. They have to move to the site immediately and commence work.  The second runway has come to stay”.

13.    Earlier in his remark, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN) disclosed that work ought to have started on the second runway project but regretted that contractors could not be mobilized to site due to the contending issues.

14.  Barrister Keyamo called on the community to cooperate with the government to ensure the realization of the project, adding that they also stand to benefit from the development in the area in addition to other corporate social responsibility to the community.

15.   Also speaking the Sarkin Jiwa, HRH Alhaji Idris Musa assured of the cooperation and support of the Jiwa community towards the actualization of the project which, he said, is in the overriding interest of the public. 

16.  During the signing ceremony, between the FCTA, Ministry of Aviation and the Jiwa Community, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola said that the compensation was for enumerated communities in Jiwa which still had one community -Angwan Kano- yet to be enumerated. On conclusion of the enumeration, the said community will also be compensated.

17.   In attendance during the meeting were the FCT Minister of State, Dr Mariya Mahmoud,  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Aviation, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad, other senior officials of the FCTA and the Ministry of Aviation, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, FCT Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission, Hon. Dalhatu Ezekiel, heads of security agencies in the FCT, representatives of the Jiwa community amongst others.

ANTHONY OGUNLEYE

DIRECTOR OF PRESS

OFFICE OF THE FCT MINISTER

29/08/2023

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