FG To Pay N825.8 billion in airport runway compensation to Abuja Indigenes.


To make way for the construction of the 4.2-kilometer-long second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the federal government has announced N825.819 billion naira in compensation for indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

After meeting with the Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, and other officials from both ministries, agency representatives, and stakeholders from Jiwa, the affected community in Abuja, FCT Minister Nyesom Wike made the announcement today, as reported by Channels TV.

The minister claims that the N825.8bn will be used to pay residents to move out of the area and to secure their cooperation in order to finish the 4.2 km second Abuja runway project, which was awarded back in 2022.

Wike also announced that the FCT would build a 5-kilometer bridge in the Tunga Madaki community, in addition to a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that would eventually serve as a temporary resettlement site for the locals.

The FCT minister has also ordered contractors to get back to work, saying that the approved funding will be distributed beginning Wednesday.

The Jiwa community had previously started talks with the Federal Government, asking for compensation of N2.5 million per hectare.

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