The Federal Government has announced N825.819 billion as compensation and other incentives for indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to facilitate the construction of the 4.2km second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, made the announcement on Tuesday after a negotiation meeting with the Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, officials of both ministries, and representatives of their agencies as well as stakeholders from Jiwa, the affected community in Abuja.
According to the minister, the N825.8bn compensation is to encourage the residents to voluntarily relocate from the community and seek their cooperation towards the completion of the project, originally awarded in 2022.
As part of the incentives, the government will construct a 5km bridge in the Tunga Madaki community and provide a modern healthcare facility expected to serve as a temporary resettlement site for the indigenes.
Therefore, Wike charged the contractors to resume work, promising that the approved fund would be released on Wednesday.
Jiwa community initially demanded N2.5 million per hectare as compensation.
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