FCTA Says illegal Structures, Shanties Security Threats

The FCT Administration has reiterated its commitment of restoring the city’s master plan, by getting rid of all unapproved and cluttered structures constituting security threat within the city centre.

It is to this end that the FCTA Development Control Department, last week, pulled down several makeshift houses and brothels at Dakibiyu community, in Jabi District.

Director of the Department, Muktar Galadima, who led the operation, said the exercise is to ensure orderliness and improve sanitation in the nation’s capital.

According to him; “With the rising cases of security challenges in FCT, the 13-point mandate for next level administration is to ensure orderliness and improve sanitation in the nation’s capital.”

He said all the plots of land occupied by the illegal inhabitants of the Dakibiyu community were designed for certain purposes, stressing that department would ensure that those purposes are been implemented.

“We must ensure that the plan is implemented to the dream of the founding fathers, this land is designated for a particular purpose, we will ensure that this purposes is implemented. Like where we removed these structures are designated for hospital and we will ensure that Health Secretariat take up this place.”

Chief Security Officer to the FCT Minister, Mr Ahmed Rasheed, said the operation was being carried out with the cooperation of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, based on intelligence gathering.

Rasheed said that intelligence gathering had revealed that there were hoodlums and criminals in the village and the operation would ensure that FCT was safe for all and sundry.

The CSO, therefore, called on the indigenous community to support the FCTA and security agencies by reporting any illegal settlement to the authority.

Meanwhile, the department also demolished a mega store sitting on a one-storey building, at Dawaki Relocation Scheme, in Bwari Area Council of Abuja, for failing structural integrity test.

The Department of Development Control had to pull down the structure which was detached shopping mall of an uncompleted building site that had collapsed barely two months ago.

The Development Control boss explained that the exercise carried out on Plot 59 Dawaki Relocation Scheme, was a follow up on the unfortunate building collapse incident, where a life was lost in the process.

He said: “We received distress calls from residents of the area that this developer had gone back to site, and is even selling items within the building, which if we don’t do anything promptly, another disaster will occur. And that will be really unfortunate on our part, that’s why we have to be very proactive, and avert any of such unfortunate incident that may occur.”

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