FCTA Vows To Demolish Illegal Structures, Cautions Against Infractions

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Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed to demolish all illegal structures in the nation’s capital, no matter how highly placed the owners may be.

Acting director, FCTA Department of Development Control, Garba Kwamkur, made thE vow yesterday during the department’s weekly inspection of ongoing development of structures across the territory.

He warned developers to desist from violating the Abuja master plan with all sorts of infractions, saying that the weekly exercise became necessary due to increased illegal development activities, as developers took advantage of the period of lockdown to put up structures, hoping that the authorities would not find out.

Kwamkur while using a filling station as an example, stated that the ‘stop work’ notice was served on 11 Plc to stop work on the construction of the filling station which is situated at the corridor of Bill Clinton Drive, connecting Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua Expressway to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the developer of the filling station was coming under the guise of a title document granted by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

for the building of the entire airport facilities, claiming to have had a partnership with Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to build the station to service the area around the airport.

According to him, they have asked them to stop work because developments like that would require a detailed site plan of the whole of that area, because it is very vast.

Kwamkur further explained that in the case of an Army estate under construction at Idu, the Army moved into the land on the basis of an area council allocation and have taken up to 100 hectares of land.

He said that his department has written to the Army on the matter, and they are hopeful of a meeting between the two government organizations to reach an amicable resolution, regretting that the Army did not approach the authorities to look at status of the land in the Abuja Master Plan before commencing development without necessary permit.

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