4.2km airport runway: FG announces N825.8m compensation for Abuja indigenes

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By Racheal Ayodele

The Federal Government has announced N825.819 million as compensation for the indigenes of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to pave way for the construction of 4.2km second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike announced the development in Abuja on Tuesday after a negotiation meeting with the Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, officials of both ministries, and representatives of their agencies, as well as stakeholders from Jiwa, the affected community.

Wike revealed that the approved fund is to incentivise the residents to vacate the community and seek their cooperation towards the completion of the second Abuja runway project, originally awarded in 2022.

Additionally, the minister stated that the FCT will construct a 5km bridge in the Tunga Madaki, the temporary resettlement site for the indigenes and also make provision for a modern health care facility for the community.

Wike further charged the contractors to resume work, promising that the approved fund would be released on Wednesday, August 30.

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