As part of its effort towards protecting the sanctity of the Abuja Master Plan, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) last month removed a total of 340 shanties across the Territory.
Also, a total of 119 traders/stalls along Walkways in Wuye District were removed during the same period under review, including several illegal shops and fences in Apo Resettlement layout and within Nyanya Amusement Park.
However, during the same period, the FCTA received a total of 340 Building Plans seeking approval, 46 Setting Out/Stage applications, while the Department of Development Control approved 166 Building Plans.
This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday after meeting with some senior officials of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) in his office at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja.
He noted that among the illegal structures removed were about 100 shanties used by squatters in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, and 18 batchers in Kpeyegi near Kuje, including 82 shanties in Mabushi, Jahi and Kado Districts as well as 4 shops in Kugbo Market along popular Nyanya road.
“The Abuja Master Plan is sacrosanct and all hands must be on deck to protect its principles, “which from all ramifications is in tune with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan,” the minister was quoted in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammad Sule.
Reiterating the administration’s commitment to continue to protect the sanctity of the Abuja Master Plan, he stressed that it would not condone any illegal structures within the 250 square kilometers of the Federal Capital City.
Mohammed therefore instructed the Director of the FCT Development Control, Yahaya Yusuf and all the District Officers to work round the clock to maintain it sanctity because Abuja remains the window through which the World sees Nigeria and Nigerians.