Reps: Bill To Establish FCT Resettlement Board Passes Second Reading

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The lingering dispute bordering on the displacement of indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), may soon be resolved as a bill for an act to establish the FCT Resettlement, Compensation and Rehabilitation Board, has passed through the second reading in the House of Representatives.

Leading the debate on the bill, the sponsor, Hon. Godfrey Alli Gaya said that what the bill sought to achieve was to fathom ways through which displaced natives of the FCT could be resettled and well compensated.

“By this bill, the board will be able to manage funds that will be used to uplift the living standard of indigenes of the FCT. The bill when passed will finally put to rest all the agitations of the natives of FCT,” Gaya stated.

The two members representing the federal capital territory in the House, Honourables Isah Dobi and Jisalo Zephaniah, advocated that appropriate provisions must be put in the bill so that befitting houses and infrastructure will be provided in the new resettlement towns.

After a heated debate, the bill was referred to the House Committee on FCT and FCT Area Councils for further considerations.

A bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Communications Satellite Corporation also passed through second reading in the House of Representatives.

The sponsors of the bill submitted that if passed, it would give a legal backing and regulatory framework that would drive home the visions of the corporation.

The report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Interface with Executive and Organised Labour was considered and adopted by the House.


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