FCTA Pulls Down Alleged ₦10m Bribe Building In SIL Estate

06 February 2021 By Remi Johnson

Bulldozers of the Federal Capital Territory’s Department of Development Control has pulled down a two storey building on Plot 4545 in Sil Estate, Mbora district of Abuja for building on a plot designed to be an open area.

Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Murktar Galadima who led his enforcement team to correct what he described as contravention of the land use act, vowed that all structures without building permits in the territory, particularly along lugbe axis would be demolished.

The affected two storey building was on the news earlier this week, alleging that some officials of the development control collected N10 Million naira to allow reconstruction on the said plot, that was hitherto demolished in July 2020.

Mr Galadima refuted the allegation and maintained that the building was illegal and had to be pulled down without fear or favour.

According to Mr Galadima, provisions are usually made for a muster point in every area for people to gather in case of
eventualities.

His words:” As long as the department is concerned the building is illegal … thank God today, we have pulled it down…reverted to its original land use, there is a provision for a muster point, if there is any eventuality this is the place where the residents converged as there safe heaven before aid comes.” He said.

The Development Control Boss also said that his department desired to open zonal development control offices where residents could visit to submit their drawings towards making the building approval processes, that often takes 28 days, easier for all intending developers to get approvals.

Proposed areas for the opening of the offices includes; Kubwa, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Karshi.

“It is an attitude thing not a cumbersome thing, we have tried to review the process to 28 days if they want we can give them the approval within that time specified to do the right thing even from the design stage when they meet our standards and specifications”. Galadima stressed.

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