05 February 2021 By Remi Johnson
The FCT Department of Development Control has denied the allegation from a media report that it had received bribe of #10 million naira from a developer at SIl Estate in Mbora District of Abuja to grant approval for the rebuilding of a structure earlier demolished.
The Director, Development Control Department, Mr Murktar Galadima stated this when he led Journalists to the Mbora site to clear doubts about the allegation.
He explained that the construction was an illegal act, as the approval given for the said plot, was for an open air commercial purpose not for residential, nor a two storey building.
According to Mr Galadima, the structure earlier constructed on plot 4545 at SIL Estate, Mbora district Abuja, was pulled down in July 2020, for contravening the land use act and building on a plot designed to be an open area.
While it was true that the developer resumed construction on plot 4545 in Sil Estate ignoring warnings Mr Galadima vowed that the department would not hesitate to address the illegality of the developer in the shortest time possible .
His words:”We are here in response to a publication that FCTA officials received some amount of money to allow for the rebuilding of a demolished structure. Actually we have seen some aspects of development going on…as far as Development Control is concerned, this building stands illegal and it is going to be removed immediately.” Galadima said.
The Director however promised to investigate all officers thoroughly on this matter.
“We have not received a dime. We are going to remove the structure because it is illegal and unapproved…we are going to carry out further investigation and any officer found wanting will be suspended and… punished accordingly.