Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2019

National Housing Project: We must comply with FCDA Laws -Fashola

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna and Paul Efiong, Abuja

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that his ministry suspended work on the Abuja National Housing project in Gwagwalada Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in order to comply with the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) development laws.
Fashola stated this during the inspection of the ongoing Abuja Mass Housing project in Gwagwalada, FCT.
It will be recalled that the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) had earlier written “Stop Work Inscriptions’’ on buildings at the construction site.
He said the suspension of work at the site became necessary to enable the ministry settle any development control issues with the FCDA using appropriate channel.
“As you can see, there are Development Control inscriptions on the buildings and it means there are development issues by the FCDA.
“My staff told me that the issue has been resolved, but I also respect the law that says every development control restriction inscriptions must be complied with.
“‘So I am not going into that building; and I have ordered the head of unit here to stop work immediately until these inscriptions are removed and I see documents to that effect.
“This is one of the many ways that we can begin to take our laws seriously because this is a government development project and we need to respect the laws we make,’’ Fashola said.
The minister said that the construction of the mass housing project was ongoing in 33 states across the country where lands had been made available.
He stated that aside from 10,000 artisans involved in the project, contractors were engaged in the pilot scheme to deliver quality work.
“The last time I was here, I was satisfied with the quality of work and I saw carpenters that were seriously engaged in the construction work”,Fashola said

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