By Stanley Onyekwere
There are strong indications that no fewer than 140 illegal structures built on service corridors in Kuruduma II and Kpaduma II communities in Guzape District are up for demolition by relevant authorities of the FCT Administration.
This looming demolition exercise was disclosed yesterday by the Chief Town Planning Officer, FCT Department of Development Control, Mr. Thompson Hope.
Hope, who spoke with newsmen, after inspecting the illegal structures in the nation’s capital city, noted that the development control had marked some of the illegal structures for demolition as far back as two three years ago.
He added that the department had earlier issued seven days ultimatum to the inhabitants of the affected illegal structures in the area.
He therefore warned that as soon as the ultimatum expires Monday Nov. 25, demolition would begin immediately.
According to him, the department had carried out several sensitise campaign to the indigenous communities for many years but they refused to abide by the FCTA regulations on land allocation.
He explained that the indigenous communities and villages has expanded beyond the indigenous settlement and most of this expansion and illegal structures, the areas are been sold by the indigenous communities themselves.
He added that the department held several meetings with the leaders of the indigenous on the need for them to stop selling plots of land to the people.
“We have about 140 illegal structures on this corridors. We have given them 7 days ultimatum and hopeful by the expiration of the ultimatum we are coming to demolish the all illegal structures.
“These illegal structures are already build on service corridors where plot allottees are desirous to develop their properties but because of this illegal development along the corridor they cannot take position of their plots.
“The notice was given to them on Monday Nov. 18 and it will expire by Monday Nov. 2, hopefully on Tuesday we will come with our machines to demolish them,” he stressed.
He continued: “ We have severally warn the indigeous communities including the local chiefs that all the lands in FCT is vested within the confine of the FCT Minister and that they should desist from selling land.
”But because some people are so desperate and desirous to build thinking that before government takes action they will either make one or two profits out of it.
”Recently the FCTA has send signals to plot allottees to take position of their plots else they stand a chance of been revoke and that has put us under enormous pressure as a department.”
Explaining further on the issue of compensation to the owners of the illegal structures, Hope opined that compensation was a policy issue that can only be handled by the Minister.