By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is to carry out massive demolition in communities along Airport road from the 1st quarter of 2022.
To this end, Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has mandated the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring Inspection And Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah and the Department of Development Control to meet with Chiefs and leaders of the communities ahead of the demolition.
Addressing them on behalf of the FCT Minister, Comrade Attah appealed to original inhabitants to stop selling their birth rights to non indigenes, bearing in mind that Land is a valuable asset they are expected to keep for their future generation.
His words: “It is not all the land we give to you that you sell, you must remember that you have growing families and must keep your heritage”
Comrade Ikharo Attah said the FCT Minister has the interest of the indigenous people at heart and would not do anything to make them uncomfortable.
He stressed that the FCT Administration would be demolishing all non indigenous buildings along the Airport road.
“The families of indigenous people are growing and we must look for ways to accommodate them. A layout is under way to cater exclusively for this purpose.
“I appeal to you not to sell them when you get them…
We are coming to demolish all non indigenous building in your communities, it will be massive, why we are not touching yours is because it is your anscentral home and since you have not been relocated we will not touch your buildings…houses of non indigenes will be removed without any compensation”, he said.
Also speaking, Acting Director, Development Control, Mr Garba Kwamkur who said they have already marked some of the illegal structures, added that others would be marked before the end of the year .
According to Mr Kwamkur, the proposed demolition along Airport road would commence in the first quarter of 2022, particularly in Lugbe area.
Responding, Aguma of Sauka, Malam Yusuf Mugajji who spoke on behalf of the chiefs, appealed to FCTA to use security personnel to secure the demolished areas for 24hours to prevent hoodlums from stealing valuables of affected persons.