The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed that it would demolish all illegal structures in the nation’s capital no matter how highly placed.
Acting director, FCTA department of Development Control, Tpl Garba Kwamkur who disclosed this Wednesday, during weekly inspection of on-going developments across the territory, warned developers to desist from violating the Abuja Master Plan with all sorts of infractions.
Kwamkur stated that the weekly exercise became necessary owing 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.
Speaking specifically on some of the major development abuses, Kwamkur stated that stop work notice was served on 11 Plc to stop work on the construction of a filling station on the corridor of Bill Clinton Drive, which connects the Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua Expressway to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Blueprint gathered that the developer of the filling station was coming under the guise of a title document granted to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) for the building of the entire airport facilities, claiming to have had a partnership with FAAN to build the station to service the area around the airport.
“But then, we have asked them to stop work because developments like will required a detailed site development plan of the whole of that area because it is a very versed.
“And a structured plan will have to be prepared and so that we know the deleanation of each services that are to be provided to that piece of land. If not, the whole place will be destroyed completely beyond the vision of the Abuja master plan.”
In the case of an Army estate under construction in Idu, the development control boss revealed that Army moved into the land on the basis of an Area Council allocation and have taken up to 100 hectares of land.
Kwamkur who said his department has written the Army on the matter, was hopeful of a meeting between the two government organizations to reach an amicable resolve, even as he regretted they (Army) did not approach the authorities to look at status of the land in the Abuja Master Plan and commenced development without necessary permit.
Calling on the army to forward their permit for approval, he explained that the FCT Act of 1976 made it clear that all developers, private, institutional of governmental, must receive permit from the deplorable Development Control before embarking on any physical development within the city.
Also explaining another infraction by the military (Nigerian Navy Housing Scheme), along the Airport, Kwamkur, again stated that they got the allocation from Area Council, which had since been quashed by a past FCT Administration, insisting that any allocation with the city must be made by the FCT Minister.
The team also served a quit notice on a Fulani settlement, located off the Airforce Base, near Army Peacekeeping Operation Base on the corridor of the Bill Clinton Drive.
The Acting Director therefore warned: “The city has a master plan and it must be followed to the latter”, even as he called on all developers in Abuja to comply right with all development laws and regulations or face necessary sanctions, including demolition and revocation.