Wike Approves Apo Mechanic Relocation to Wassa

Chinwe Okafor
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FCT Minister Approves Land for Apo Mechanic Village Relocation

The longstanding conflict at Apo Mechanic Village has been resolved after 15 years, according to Felix Obuah, the Coordinator of the Abuja Municipal Management Council (AMMC).

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Obuah announced that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will begin relocating mechanics and traders from road corridors and buffer zones to Wassa.

In a meeting with representatives from 17 recognized unions and 16 other groups, Obuah revealed that FCT Minister Nyesom Wike has approved land in the Wassa community for the relocation.

This decision aims to address multiple issues that have plagued Apo Mechanic Village, including threats of demolition, overcrowding affecting over 1,000 traders, environmental concerns, and conflicts between more than 50 unions, now consolidated into four.

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Obuah said, “This issue of Apo Mechanic and traders has lasted for over 15 years. I am just three months old in this office and we have settled the issue. Today they are happy, they are smiling, and we are smiling.”

He added, “We’ve decided to relocate all the traders on the road corridor, buffer zone, and the right of way to Wassa any moment from now, and they are all happy. As I speak, the minister has approved it, and the task force to effect the movement is being set up.”

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Obuah emphasized that the enumeration process will be thorough, requiring traders and mechanics to provide their National Identification Number (NIN) to prevent double registration. He clarified that allocations will be made to individuals, not unions, but union cooperation is necessary to facilitate the process.

The relocation is expected to occur within the next month, providing a permanent solution for the mechanics and traders in the Wassa community.

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