15 August 2020 By Remi Johnson
In a bid to give way for the construction of Apo interchange road network, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has demolished over 134 houses at Akpajenya village within Apo district of Abuja.
The Deputy Director, Resettlement and Compensation FCTA, Mr Nasiru Suleiman told Journalists shortly after the exercise that the affected villagers had since been compensated.
He explained that the move was not to inflict pain on residents, but rather to ensure strict adherence to the development guidelines of the Abuja master plan.
According to Mr Suleiman: ” all their entitlements have been given to them, we gave them 131 houses and 169 plots and also a plot for the Chief’s house the policy of the Federal Capital City is to resettle all indigenous settlements within the City but few of them were yet to move”.
The Chairman FCT Task Team on City Sanitation, Comrade Ikharo Attah who coordinated the exercise said the Administration’s zeal to complete the Apo interchange road on the Outer Southern Express Way, necessitated the clean up after meeting all the requirements stipulated by law.
In a remark, Director of Security, FCTA, Mr Adamu Gwari who pointed out that ilegal resettlements could serve as hideouts for miscreants, reiterated FCTA’s readiness to continue to dislodge criminal hideouts to ensure the safety of lives and property.
Speaking on the environmental impact of the Akpajenya Village, the Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, said the village constitutes an environmental nuisance and monumental waste generation.
His words; “the village consist of 80 per cent commercial activities the village is now occupied by commercial people who are mainly traders, and they generate a lot of waste and are deposited even on the road Akpajenya village also constitutes traffic gridlock on that T. junction along Oladipo Diya road and Apo Mechanic Village road” He lamented.
On his part, the Director, Department of Development Control. Mr Murktar Galadima expressed delight that no casualty was recorded during the enforcement.
” …the exercise was a successful one for the administration; though there was resistance by the villagers at the site, no casualty was recorded” Galadima explained.
Mr Galadima however expressed concern over the stubborn nature of some illegal occupants, and revealed that Akpajenya was marked for demolition since January 13th this year and affected persons have been compensated.
The Development Control Boss used the occasion to call on residents living in houses that have been marked for demolition, to evacuate such houses to avoid last minute rush.
The scene which was characterized by affected persons crying , counting their losses and running helter skelter to salvage some of their valuable items, also witnessed the presence of scavengers in search of items to cart away.