Abuja ‘natives’ seek consideration from Federal Government

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The Coalition of FCT Indigenous/Residents Group, who regard themselves as natives of Abuja, want the Nigerian government to look into pertinent issues affecting the Federal Capital Territory.

They say with that the peaceful and constitutional approach adopted by the ‘natives’, their issues deserve attention from the authorities.

A statement by the spokesman of the group, Yunusa Yusuf claimed that  a number of memoranda submitted to the National Assembly to address perceived marginalization had not been attended to since inception of democracy in 1999.

The group noted that they had canvassed for the establishment of the FCT Original Inhabitant Development Commission similar to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), aimed at addressing the socio economic and developmental plight of the FCT natives.

The statement also added that there was a need to consider a ministerial appointment from the area.

“We felt that dialogue should be the best option to achieve meaningful progress. However, we should not be pushed to the wall by implementing the demands of certain region to the detriment of others who produce the goose that lay the golden egg,” the statement read in part.

The group had on March 9, submitted a memorandum to the House Committee on Federal Capital Territory, for a second tier government for Abuja.

The coalition called on the House Committee chairman to initiate or support the amendment of the constitution so that they could benefit from the status and structure of a state.