In a bid to guard against extinction of FCT Original Inhabitants Culture, a Non Governmental Organisation , Helpline Foundation For the Needy has trained 81 FCT Original Inhabitants on various traditional skills.
The Founder, Helpline Foundation For the Needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu who made this known at a forum organized to re- echo the importance of traditional skills transfer in the preservation of a people’s identity and culture, expressed concern that their Indigienous Skills has been endangered by urbanization, hence the need to revive it.
According to her , the multiplier effect of reviving these cultural heritage would translate into boosting economic potentials of the territory as well as create an avenue for monumental preservation that would attract tourists and investors into the city
Dr. Ahmadu who was represented by Project Manager of the Foundation, Mr. Arome Onoja, hinted that the Foundation with support from MacArthur Foundation through the resounding support from the Resource Center For Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED implemented empowerment programmes for 81 Original Inhabitants women and Youths drawn from the nine tribes.
Her words:The Gbagyi, Amwamwa, koro, Gade, Gwandara, Gbari, Egbura, Bassa and Ganagana respectively.
These tribes have their separate colours and fabrics for unique cultural identification which were going on extinction before the timely intervention of the Mac Arthur Foundation and CHERICED. Today over 81 beneficiaries have been trained on cultural skills and are ready to continue to preserve their culture in the place where there land is fast becoming a no man’s land. On May 2022 we successfully graduated participants who were place on six months training on traditional skill transfer at the Exhibition Pavilion Social Development Secretariat, Area 10 Abuja”
Dr Jumai who said the Foundation had taken advocacy further for the preservation of the numerous cultural sites that abounds in the territory, added that work was currently ongoing at the dyeing pits situated at Ushafa community of Bwari Area Council of the territory.
“the Asumbo dyeing pits of Ushafa, the Iron Smelting Sites of Takushara, the Gold tunnels and the colonial lodges in Takushara. As we speak the Dyeing Pits in Ushafa has been reclaimed and work currently ongoing…”
The Foundation therefore appealed to the Federal Government to develop the political-will
to rescue the FCT Original Inhabitants from Statelessness that has befallen them since the emergence of FCT as the Nigeria ‘s Capital city, by giving them the required listening ears and compensation in all ramifications.
“… the original inhabitants of FCT have been rendered stateless since the turning of their fathers land to the nation’s capital, and all rights and privileges have been usurp by urbanization without adequate compensation. That’s not all, the remaining evidence of their existence has also been seriously encroached upon endangering their existence as a people. It is on this note we plead with government of Nigeria to recognize the efforts it the fathers of the land of FCT and rescue their children from Statelessness and give them a listening ears to provide a state for the original inhabitants of FCT.” Ahmadu appealed.