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FCT INHABITANTS GROUPS RECEIVES EIGHT HUNDRED MILLION NAIRA GRANT.

 

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Original Inhabitant Organizations have received grants to implement various projects, targeted at addressing the entrenched political, economic and cultural marginalization of the inhabitants.

The Executive Director, Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education CHRICED, Dr. Ibrahim Zikirullahi made this known in his welcome address during the grant signing ceremony theme tagged: “project of Promoting the Rights of the Original Inhabitants of the FCT” explained that the event is the commitment of everyone towards ensuring justice for the Original inhabitants of FCT.

He stated that when CHRICED got the support from MacArthur Foundation under the Equitable Recovery grant to work for ethnic justice as it concerns the marginalized and neglected Original Inhabitants of the FCT, the mandate was clear about the need to develop their organizational capacities for self-led campaigns and advocates.

According to him, the approach was chosen because of the considered position that the role of CHRICED is not to take over the historic struggles of the Original Inhabitants.

Dr. Zikirullah reiterates the role of CHRICED to support and energize the struggle of the Original Inhabitants to enable them to organize effectively for the purpose of advocating for the promotion and protection of their political, economic, and cultural rights.

 

‘’The significance of today’s event is in the commitment of everyone present here to the cause of ensuring justice for the Original Inhabitants of the FCT. It is, therefore, heartwarming to inform that at the end of today’s ceremony, a total of nine Original Inhabitants Organizations (OIOS) will be signing grants to implement various projects, targeted at addressing the entrenched political, economic and cultural marginalization of the Original Inhabitants of the FCT”

He urged the recipients to use the event marks the dawn of a new era and their decades-long struggle for justice, equity, and fairness, within the context of the political, economic, and cultural evolution of Nigeria.

He said CHRICED recognizes areas where the capacities of original inhabitants are required to strengthen and has started a process to achieve that.

He commended the passion of Original Inhabitants and their spirit of volunteerism as big assets, which would help sustain the campaign for ethnic justice in the FCT.

He said the total sum of N800,000,000.00 (Eight Hundred Million Naira) has been granted to the nine organizations and their technical partners, which have been assessed and approved for this project, following a scoping of organizations led by FCT Original inhabitants and those working directly on their respective issues,’
According to him, with the Original habitants Organizations coming on board, it is not sufficient to award grants and steps back, noting that CHRICED through support from MacArthur Foundation will keep a close watch on their progress with the objective of supporting them every step of the way.

He further commended the MacArthur foundation, and Fond Foundation for launching the Equitable Recovery intervention, as a response to the devastation Imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director, African Office of the MacArthur Foundation, Kole Shettima , who was represented by Dr. Amina Salihu who spoke virtually said that there is a need for collaboration, idea sharing with the right people.

She added that it is important to have the right people on their team, stressing that they should build their organization by working together.

She also emphasized on judicious use of the grant to change their communities positively.

The Emir of Karshi, HRH Alhaji Ismaila Mohammed, also uses the medium to call on Federal Government to tackle the root causes of marginalization and violation of the rights of the original inhabitants of Abuja.

 

 

According to the Emir, doing this will avert a looming security crisis in the nation’s capital, which may be worse than the devastation witnessed in the days of militancy by youths in the Niger-Delta region unless the issue behind the social discrimination and political exclusion of the people were addressed urgently.

One of the leaders of the recipient groups, Mr. Issac David expressed appreciation to CHRICED for helping the FCT original Inhabitants, saying this will go a long way in changing the lives of the inhabitants.

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