The Socio-Economic Research and Development Center (SERDEC) has reiterated the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to address a centuries-old economic injustice, marginalization and deprivation suffered by the original inhabitants of the capital national because of the presence of the government in their ancestral land.
SERDEC declared it on Tuesday during the launch of the project on the theme; “Promoting the Rights of the Original Residents of FCT-Abuja” held in the National Capital.
The project which is supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Human Rights Education Resource Center (CHRICED) is a two-year project under the Equitable Recovery Grant to address ethnic injustice in regarding the marginalized of the original inhabitants of the FCT.
While delivering a welcome speech at the launch ceremony, SERDEC Executive Director Tijani Abdulkareem noted that the project will improve equitable access to employment, empowerment program and livelihood opportunities before 2023 within the CTF’s six regional councils.
He said, “Following the signing of the grant in November 2021, SERDEC joins other partners who will channel their activities towards the promotion and protection of the economic, cultural and political rights of the original inhabitants.
Abdulkareem who thanked Macarthur and CHRICED for their interventions afterwards, called for synergy and stronger collaborations with the media and civil society for a good implementation of the project.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of CHRICED, Dr. Ibrahim Sikirulahi commended the original inhabitants of FCT for sacrificing their lands and privileges for the vision of the capital city of Abuja.
He then assured that at the end of the project, the lives of the inhabitants would be strongly impacted.
In a brief speech, the representative of the indigenous inhabitants of the FCT, HRH Yakubu Kure Alkali, after thanking the organizer for the project, added that his people continued to move further into the bush mainly because they needed to get land to cultivate and to get by. for their families.