15 July 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, has again aggressively returned to Iddo Sarki Community with their bulldozers to demolish over 473 illegal structures.
This is coming barely a week the Joint Task Team On City Sanitation pulled down 137 illegal structures comprising blocks of hostels among others in the same area.
Speaking to some journalists shortly after the demolition, the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation,Comrade Ikharo Attah, explained that the clean up of the area would prevent reconstruction of illegal structures in the area.
He encouraged developers and FCT residents to desist from patronising / acquiring lands from traditional Chiefs to avoid weeping and gnashing of teeth at the appearance of Development Control Bulldozers.
Comrade Attah added that no body has the power to allocate land in Abuja except the FCT Minister.
His words: “only the FCT Minister … Not even FCT Minister of State was legally empowered to allocate any portion of the FCT’s 8,000 square kilometres of land…Some of the illegalities of land contravention include buying land from local Chiefs, building without building plan approvals, building substandard structures and the authorities will not allow these to continue because the city is planned “
Attah also hinted that the next point of call by the Task Team on City Sanitation would be carried out in Mpape, Dutse Makaranta and Ushafa areas.
His words: “We have to rush this work now because the people of Mpape, Dutse Makaranta and Ushafa… residents and landlords are begging the FCT Minister to come and clean up their area, so we will soon be going to assist them. We are seeing encroachments even in the Lower Usuma Dam… We don’t want people to go there and pollute our water.”
Corroborating the rationale behind the clean up, Secretary, Command and Control Centre, FCT, Peter Olumuji explained that the demolition was apt,as it would safeguard residents from the hands of hardened criminals that harbour in such structures to perpetrate acts capable of constituting security threat.
His words: “one of the reasons why we are here is because such places hibernate criminals… because they can get cheaper houses to rent.
We have had a sustained clean up operation on the airport road”.
Most of the Owners of the structures affected who were seen lamenting, crying, running helter sketer in a devastated manner to salvage some valuables, described FCTA and the Task Force Team on City Sanitation as wicked and heartless; even as they blamed the chiefs for giving them fake hope to build in the area.
The enforcement team Carried out the Clean up operation at Iddo Sarki with five bulldozers at the same time.