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Natives Call For Review Of FCT Act, Subsidiary Legislations



Indigenous youths in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the auspices of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO) have called for a diligent review of the FCT Act and other subsidiary legislations to align with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

In a letter addressed to the acting chairman of Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Mr. Kefas Magaji by the Sariki Yarki Abuja/president of OIYEO, Commandant Isaac David, which was made available to LEADERSHIP, the indigenes reiterated the need for the minister of the FCT, Malam Mohammed Bello to review the FCT Act and other subsidiary legislations.

David lamented that series of communal conflicts have been generated by the imbalance in the formulation and implementation of the acts since the advent of democratic rule, adding that it is the duty of government to fashion out the boundaries between truth and lies, light and darkness, justice and injustice.

He gave several reasons for the review and made references to the Land Control and Administration, adding that the administration and management of land in the FCT is vested on the FCDA, under the FCT Act, arising from the provisions of the Land Use Act of 1978.

“The application of the Land Use Act in the FCT has been in contention and has become the subject of several judicial pronouncements in favour of the original inhabitants, but these have never been implemented.

The FCT Act and the Land Use Act ought to be revisited with a view to reviewing specific provisions therein in order to assuage the lingering economic, social, political and cultural difficulties of the initial inhabitants of the FCT in the overriding interest of justice and fair play.”