Saturday, 21 March 2015

El-Rufai blasts Jonathan over Abuja land grab

Former Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister and All Progressive Congress, APC, Gubernatorial Candidate for Kaduna state, Malam Nasril El-Rufai has taken a swipe of President Goodluck Jonathan on the Abuja land grab issue.

El-Rufai insisted Friday that the allocation of 95.88 hectares of land to President Goodluck Jonathan in the Aviation Village amounts to “another violation of the Abuja dream.”

The vast expanse of land was approved by the current FCT Minister, Alhaji Bala Mohammed on March 8, 2012 to President Goodluck Jonathan’s Company registered as Ebele integrated Farms Limited.

But there have been widespread condemnations regarding the propriety and otherwise of a sitting President using the instrumentality of his office to effect the allocation of vast expanse of land to himself through the FCT Minister at the Aviation Village, Abuja, for farming purposes.
Responding to some questions from The Nation on the matter, the former FCT Minister described the issue of the Aviation Village as self-explanatory.

El-Rufai through an e-mail from his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, said there were no such provisions for the land located at the Cadastral Zone to be converted to farm land in the original plan and design of the FCT.

His words: “Aviation Village is self-explanatory….it is part of Phase 5 of the FCT, meant to accommodate aviation company needs – hangars, fueling and maintenance facilities, housing and hotels.

“There were no provisions for agricultural land in the City footprint. Farmlands are located outside the City in places like Gaube, Kuje and Kwali. I am surprised that agricultural land is being allocated in the footprint of the FCT. This may be another violation of the Abuja Dream…..God Save us.” - Nation

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