18 August 2020 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, will not hinder the Administration from providing essential services to residents of the territory.
The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu made this known in Abuja when Executive
members of EFAB City Estate paid the Administration a visit.
She stressed that development of the city should be a collective responsibility.
Dr Aliyu who pointed out that the pandemic affected global economies, reiterated the Administration’s readiness to continue to pursue people oriented projects such as road, water and other infrastructural projects especially in satellite towns.
Aliyu while thanking the leadership of EFAB City Estate for purposeful partnership in the provision of affordable housing to residents of the territory, maintained that the administration would not circumvent the existing laws for any development.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of EFAB City Estate, Dr. Aminu Atabo, explained that the estate had not found it easy in the area of infrastructural development, especially on the access road leading to the estate that was at the verge of failing, noting that residents had been calling for temporary measures.
Atabo, therefore used the medium to appealed to the minister to use her good office to direct the Federal Capital Development Authority to adhere to the the Abuja Master Plan.
He stressed that any attempt by the authorities to deviate from the original plan, could lead to the demolition of property worth 1.4 billions naira belonging to retirees, as valued in 2014.
His words:”this road network from Life Camp junction, to our entrance gate is less than 2 kilometers. This road has been abandoned for several years …about to be cut off.The property along this corridor of alleged encroachment were initially marked for demolition. These are property belonging to individuals who took mortgages and retirees…Our findings indicated that there was no encroachment when the land was first allocated and developed. We would therefore deeply appeal to your office to direct the Federal Capital Development Authority to maintain the original master plan that will not affect these houses”. Atabo said.
He therefore, pledged the readiness of the estate to construct a temporary road network valued at N64.7 million and appealed to the administration to support the project.