A member of the House of Representatives, Jisalo Zephaniah, has said a mayoral office will be created for the original inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) soon.
The office is to be incorporated in a bill on the integration development commission for the FCT which, he said, was slated for second reading when the House of Representatives’ members resumed.
Jisalo, who spoke at the occasion of the International World Indigenous Peoples Day celebration orgainsed by the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Groups on Tuesday, said with the passage of the bill, Abuja natives would not be chased out of the city, rather they would have a sense of belonging in the territory.
“We are also sponsoring a bill to create the office of the mayor of the FCT because we need it. What I have done is amend Section 299 to create the office of the mayor but let me say that that notwithstanding, the governor of the FCT would continue to appoint his minister for the FCT,” he said.
“The National Assembly has agreed to pass this law because it has gone for second reading; the matter has been referred to constitution amendment committee,” he said and appealed for the support of other representatives to ensure that the bill was passed.
On his part, Senator Philips Taminu Aduda, said government should consider integrating the natives if resettling and compensation could not be possible.
While making a case for integration, he said resettling the natives came with physiological trauma that could not be cured with money.
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