By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through its Department of Development Control has commenced intensive enforcement of building standards in the Territory.
Consequently, it cautioned developers against violation of the Abuja Master Plan development control standards.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mukthar Galadima gave the warning yesterday when he led an enforcement team to remove illegal fence at plot 652 in Guzape District.
Galadima also enjoined all developers to comply with the rules and regulations contained in the approval granted to them in the course of developing structures in the Territory.
According to him, “We are here to enforce development control standards and as you can see here is supposed to be a kind of water reservation between this plot and others.
“But somehow this developer annexed into other property and in addition to that they build a fence beyond our standard.
“When our office noticed the violation and also received complains from neighbours, because high fence always connotes a kind of imprisonment.
“So there is this traumatic feelings which I believe these people must have suffered and that was why they complained to us for redress.
“We tried to make the developer do what is right by adhering to standard but there was some resistance. So having served the developers with all relevant notices, held meeting with them and failure to comply with our notices we have to enforce the law.
“We have sent for excavator that can implement it at a reasonable distance to avoid rescue situation that can affects both sides.”
The Director, who said that enforcement of standard was a continuous exercise, stressed the need for all stakeholders to support the department rid FCT of illegal structures
“This is not the only place, it is an ongoing process of enforcement and from here God willing we are moving to Ahmadu Bello way.
“We have made announcement to those people that open their entrance gate on the arterial and we earlier held meeting with them and now we are going for enforcement.
“It might take time but surely we must enforce our standard. The department is collaborating with professional bodies to sensitise developers on the need to abide by regulations.”