The Department of Resettlement and Compensation is charged with the responsibilities of policy formulation, guidelines and implementation of resettlement schemes; and the payment of compensation for crops, economic trees and structures. The creation of the department provided the opportunity to bring under one umbrella all issues pertaining to resettlement and compensation which hitherto had been fragmented in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Development Control and Land Administration.
The Department has three divisions and they are:
1. Resettlement Programmes
Three resettlement sites are at various stages of completions; these are Apo, Galuwui/Shere and Wasa.
The resettlement of the original inhabitants of Apo has commenced in earnest in Apo resettlement site. Also there are 877 houses meant to accommodate the original inhabitants of Garki, Akpanjenya and Apo village respectively.
The Galuwyi/Shere resettlement site is meant to accommodate 12 communities of Jabi Samuel, Jabi Yakubu, Utako, Kpadna, Mabushi, Gishiri, Kado 1 and II, others are Magajipe, Zhilu, Maje etc. The progress of physical construction work is at 75% completion covering an area of about 9,000 hectares of land. The buildings are expected to be in a neighbourhood system were each neighbourhood is expected to retain their traditional institution as well as chieftaincy allegiance.
The next one is Wasa Resettlement Scheme which is expected to accommodate original inhabitants along the airport axis. These are Karomanjigi, Kuchingoro, Chika, Aleita, Piwoyi. The progress of work is about 56%.
Several relocation activities were carried out by this Department since inception, they are: Kuchiko, Gidan Mangoro, Pegi and Yangoji.Kuchiko is a relocation scheme meant to accommodate squatter settlers from Jabi Samuel, Jabi Yakubu, Maje, Utako, Kpadna, Majajipe, Mabushi, Gishiri etc.
Kuchiko is located in Bwari just after Law School.
Gidan Mangoro is also a relocation scheme meant to accomodate settlers from Angwar-Mada behind Mogadishu Barracks formerly known as Abacha Barracks. Work is in progress in the site.
Pegi, is a relocation site slated to accommodate squatter settlers from Jiwa Chiefdom. And it is located in the Kuje Area Council of the FCT.
Yangoji relocation site is meant to accommodate squatter settlers from the Airport axis of Chika, Aleita, Piwoyi, Kuchingoro, Karomanjigi etc. Yangoji is located in Kwali Area Council of the FCT.
Payment Of Compensation
The Department of Resettlement and Compensation has paid compensation to the various communities across the FCT whose lands were acquired for overriding public interest. The followings are communities and nature of projects:
On - Going Projects Of The Department