Airport Runway: The Honorable Minister for Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has agreed to compensate the affected people of Jiwa community, over the 12 hectares of land allocated by the past government for the construction of second runway leading to the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
After a closed door meeting with FCT Minister, Wike, Hon. Minister of State, Mariya Mahmoud, the Sarki of Jiwa and legal representative of the community, Barr. Wike, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, announced that the contractors would commence work soon, on the grounds that both Jiwa people and the Federal government are now at par.
According to Keyamo, this development would create employment opportunities for the people, a good access road, a healthcare facility and above all, the sum of N825 million cash compensation to be paid to affected residents of the community for their relocation.
“Earlier today, I met my counterparts in the FCT and Foreign Affairs Ministries to jointly resolve issues involving our Ministries.
“The first is to jointly work with the FCT Ministry to resolve the issue of the FCT indigenes who need to be compensated and relocated before the construction of the 2nd runway at the Abuja airport can commence in earnest. The contractors have been mobilised to move to the site.
“The second is to work with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to resolve the issue of the resumption of Emirates Airline flights to Dubai/UAE and the related issue of resumption of issuance of Dubai visas to Nigerians. We are presently making progress on these issues,” Keyamo said.
Recall that the past government, led by Muhammadu Buhari, in March, 2022, allocated 12,000 hectares of land for aviation projects which includes, runway to the airport, aviation school, etc.
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