03 February 2021 By Remi Johnson
The FCT Department of Development Control has demolished structures on unauthorised places in Wuse and Dutse Alhaji along the Bwari axis on Tuesday for violation of the Master plan.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Murktar Galadima who led his enforcement team to the affected areas, decried the rate at which some developers and individuals flaunted the development guidelines of the FCT.
Mr Galadima who warned that such incursion would not be tolerated, advised developers to desist from such acts and adhere strictly to the building codes and regulations of the FCT.
He cited an instance with a case in Wuse district where someone claimed the pedestrian walkway to be part of his property.
He vowed that his Department must reclaim all encroached areas, particularly the walkways to make walking around the city easy.
His words: “…it is important to recover the facilities from any encroachment because it makes life easier for pedestrians.” Galadima said.
According to Mr Galadima, the Department has the legal backing of the provisions of the FCT Act of 1976 as well as the Urban and Regional Planning Act of 1992 to enforce and ensure that people comply with the Abuja master plan.
“Today being 2nd February, we moved round to see some of the places where we have cases of impunity and rascality…What we have here (at Wuse II) is a case of someone annexing a pedestrian walkway to be part of his property, so it was marked by our officers sometime in 2019 without action, but now we are taking action to recover the pedestrian walkway” he said.
While pointing out that city management was a continuous process, Mr Galadima also hinted that his department would regularly beam its monitoring searchlight across the length and breath of the Territory.