By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
More than 150 original land developers, over the weekend, remobilized to the proposed site for the Centenary City along the Airport Road, Abuja, declaring that
they are no longer fazed by the allegedly confiscation of the land by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and his accomplices for the construction of the Centenary City.
The developers of the 2562 hecters of land, under the aegis of Centenary Affected Estate Developers Association (CAEDA), added that they decided to move back to site four years after they were sacked from because they were misled to believe that would be relocated to another site by the then Federal Government and the Federal Capital Development Authority.
Briefing newsmen at the site, chairman of CAEDA, Prince Isaac Omolua told newsmen that they resolved to move back to their site because the authorities which were to resolve the matter has failed them after four years.
Omolua added that developers were deceived into believing that the Centenary city was a Federal Government project.
He stressed that after proper investigation, it turned out to be a public liability company registered by a man and his wife with the former Head of State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar as the chairman of the board.
He maintained that their approvals up till date were not revoked wondering why the FCDA has not fulfilled its promise to relocate them to a new site as promised.
Omolua lamented that after complaining in writing to the presidency in 2013 and to the SGF in 2016, the presidency had replied that they were entitled to their lands urging them “to approach the Hon Minister of FCT for possible solution.”
In a letter by the SGF dated 27th June 2016, the developers were told that “this office (SGF) is not directly involved in the Centenary City Project” and “advised them to continue to liaise with the Federal Capital Development Authority Administration and the Centenary City PLC.”
The group expressed worry, alleging that the owners of the Centenary project and the FCDA have connived to deprive them of their lands since there has not been any fruitful response by the FCDA to compensate or relocate them.
The land developers who moved into the land with buldozers and other equipment said they can no longer fold their arms while the various agencies of government continue to toss them about.
According to Omolua, over 2000 personnel and artisans were rendered jobless when the site was demolished and taken over by the originators of the Centenary project while the developers suffered and are still suffering colossal damage worth billions of naira.
One of the developers, a widow, Mrs Helen Ishiaku said she had already completed her 5-bedroom duplex at the site and about to move in due to the activities of insurgents in Kaduna before her new building was demolished under the supervision of soldiers.
“I was heartbroken by the demolition and was further appalled by the attempt by the Centenary owners to compensate me with N3 million for a structure I spent over N30 billion to construct”, Mrs Ishiaku said.