By Festus Fifen
As the Nigeria Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA makes deliberate efforts to rid the Nation’s Capital of Illegal and indiscriminate property development, The Administration has again warned officials of Area Councils and their agents to desist from illegal land approvals in any part of the Territory in contravention of the Abuja Master Plan.
Director of FCTA Department of Development Control, TpL Mukhtar Galadima, gave the warning in Abuja against the backdrop of some illegal poultry Farms in Kubwa a satellite town of the FCT which was recently demolished by men of the department.
TPL Galadima again made it clear that all approvals for land
allocations in the territory must be endorsed by the FCT Minister.
TPL Galadima frowned at efforts by some people who usually go behind the scene to use the
name of Area Councils in the territory to grant or back date land
approvals to unsuspecting residents, which he noted is totally illegal.
He explained that the poultry farms in Kubwa were demolished by the
department, because the farms were operating on a site designated as
Kubwa District Centre, meant to accommodate facilities, such as stadium
complex, shopping complex, markets and others facilities in the area.
The director also added that the Department has plans to organise a joint parley with heads of the area councils in the FCT, to tackle the
challenge and to address the public on the roles and responsibilities of
the department to avoid illegalities.
Galadima hinted that as part of the new FCT Policy, the act of
having event centres in parks and gardens in the territory is totally
unacceptable, adding that the department has stopped giving approvals to
event centres in parks and gardens n the FCT.
He explained further that the department also carried a demolition
exercise on illegal structures at Tee & Cee Park in Area 3 yesterday,
because there was an abuse of development plan in the area.
“There are illegal structures built within the stream corridor, open
spaces and green area, at the park, which was discovered in the course
of our monitoring exercise in parts of the city, and after serving them
relevant notices, we removed the illegal structures.”
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