26 January 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has pulled down a filling station under construction inside the National Assembly Complex, barely two weeks after a filling station was brought down to rubbles near Kubgo- Nyanya axis of Abuja.
Director, FCT Department of Development Control, Mr Muktar Galadima made this known to newsmen during the demolition of what was described as an illegal private residential building inside the NASS complex.
Accordig to Mr Galadima, the developer was initially allocated the land for construction of a filling station for commercial purpose, but commenced building of a residential property adjacent the land earmarked for the station.
He further explained that, following series of complaints from the office of the National Security Adviser on security implications of siting a filling station inside the complex, the allocation was reviewed and revoked.
Mr Galadima who hinted that compensation had been paid for the property on the filling station site and land, however said compensation would not be paid for the residential structure
The Development Control Boss further explained that the structure was marked for demolition since 2015, but the Department delayed enforcement because it had to follow a lengthy procedure.
His words: “When the Administration received correspondents regarding the obvious security implications of the facility, we had to follow due proces because approval was granted for this development, so we had to assess and value the property, as well as pay compensation to the affected party…That is why it took us this long to remove this structure”, he said.
Mr Galadima added that the incessant springing up of filling stations in unauthorized places by marketers in the Oil and Gas sector had became a source of concern to the FCT Adminstration.
His words:”There is a lot of rat race among those in the oil and gas industry. Every available place, the marketers want to develop to market their products. As a result of that, there is this mad rush to develop filling stations across the FCT, but we will not allow that …There is a specific location for each land use as regards the Abuja Master Plan.” ” he said.
Mr Galadima who confirmed that his department had removed two filling stations this January, warned all those seeking approval to build filling stations ,to follow due process to avoid having such capital intensive structures demolished in future.