By Stanley Onyekwere
In furtherance to its reinvigorated effort towards maintaining the aesthetic status of the Federal Capital City (FCC), officials of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has intensified its integrity test exercise on abandoned structures in the Territory.
The exercise, which is being carried out by consultants, in conjunction with the Building Inspectorate Division, of the Development Control Department of the Council, targets majorly structures that are abandoned at their preliminary stage of development, for at least two years.
Speaking to newsmen, during an inspection of some abandoned structures in Utako District, at the weekend, the leader of the team and a deputy director in the Department, Engr. Ogunkuade Gabriel, said the exercise was long overdue, as the existence of abandoned structures not only deface the beauty of the FCT’s terrain but pose environmental danger.
He added that it has been observed that a lot of people have abandoned property in town, and some of them are being used by miscreants as well as serving as security threat to the Territory.
“We have observed that most of the structures that are collapsing in Abuja, and evening the recent one in Lagos state, is because when a building is left for a very long time, and suddenly the owner decides to continue or start adding load on it, there is bound to be issue of structural instability.
“Most of these buildings, we are supposed to have removed them, but we just want to be sure that unnecessary ligation does not arise from such action, that’s why we are engaging consultants to help us test the integrity of the abandoned structures,” he stressed.
He therefore warned that at end of the exercise, any structure that does not meet the standard, a memo is going to be written to the FCT minister for removal.
On whether the developers and owners the affected abandoned structures were duly notified about the exercise, he said, “about four years ago, the department had to publish a list of about 400 names of owners of such buildings scattered around the city.
Meanwhile, Development control in conjunction with Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) is to seal up 16 flats at Mambolo Street, in Wuse zone, for failure to appear before a mobile court setting in the area, to try residents who failed to redecorate their premises, as contained in the
The Persecutor, Arome Tokula, said that 44 persons occupying in two blocks high rising were summoned to the court for failing to comply with notices to redecorate their homes, which he said was contrary to Section 35 1(e) of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Act of 1997.
It would be recalled that the magistrate of the mobile court, Jibril Kutigi, at a previous setting in Garki, ordered the development control department to seal-off 24 premises of some defaulters, for failing to appear before the court without any just cause.
However, the Spokesperson of the Development Control, Kalu Emetu, reiterated that both exercises would be a continuous process, to ensure the proper development and maintenance aesthetic status of the FCC, in line with global standard.