FCT Dev’t Control Threatens To Make lllegal Occupiers Pay For Demolition Cost

In a bid to further intensify efforts at preserving the Abuja Master Plan, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has threatened to henceforth make illegal occupiers pay for demolition cost after every enforcement, to serve as deterrent to others.

The Director, FCT Department of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima gave this hint while speaking on the various plans the FCT Administration was putting in place to discourage people from building in unauthorized places.

Speaking with Journalists on the Joint inspection of the Department with Federal Housing Authority, FHA and Ministry of Works and Housing to Gwarimpa, Wuse 2 and Kaura Market, Mr Galadima expressed worry at the manner some residents encroached on a piece of land to build ilegal structures without building plan approval, noting that FCTA would no longer handle such matter with key gloves.

According to the Development Control Boss, the Department had commenced mapping of structures along the Ring Road 3 Charly Boy area of Gwarinpa over gross infractions of building guidelines.

He said the mapping of the area became necessary towards addressing the trend of building on reserved areas.

Mr Galadima who maintained that all infractions and illegal structures sitting on road corridors, flood plains, green areas would all be demolished without any fear or favour after due diligence with relevant authorities, warned that Abuja Master plan design cannot be compromised.

“We noticed encroachment on N16 road, kaura market , Wuse 2 and ring road 3 in Gwarinpa area. The Abuja city is designed to be developed in phases … In the FCT, we don’t compromise our roads or any infrastructure, so any structure that is found to have really encroached on the corridor will be removed, because we have standards. So that’s why we went along with our colleagues from Federal Housing Authority, and the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing…
We have to review what was originally given them…then, any additional will be removed.” Galadima assured.

He said the Ring Road 3 which stretches from the Abuja Model City, popularly called Charly Boy Estate, to the EFAB Estate, part of the phase three new layout of the city development.

He said the department will continue to carry out regular monitoring of the city’s development, to ensure that development are in consonance with what was approved.

Corroborating this warnings,the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Alhaji Umar Shuaibu, said all illegal structures on reserved areas would be demolished to give way for road contracts already awarded to commence without any further delay.

He enjoined all those buying landed property to carry out proper check before investing their money.

By Remi Johnson

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