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Published On: Mon, Apr 2nd, 2018

Residents warned to leave road corridors or face demolition

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Abuja residents, who have developed illegal structures on all road corridors across the nation’s capital city have been warned to relocate or have them demolished.
Handing down this warning, the Director, FCT Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, also cautioned residents against encroaching on road corridors, as the government looks to sanitize the city.
Galadima reiterated that the era of impunity was even, even as he warned residents to always strictly adhere to development control guide lines, in order to avoid having their structures pulled down after spending on them.
He spoke while leading his department’s personnel during last week’s demolition of illegal structures within the Federal Capital City (FCT), where an estate under construction in Kukwaba, and beautifully looking, but illegal shops, built on road corridor along Lokogoma road, were all crushed down by a bulldozer.
According to him, the FCT Administration would not relent in its efforts to maintain the Abuja Master plan, even if it meant to demolish more, adding that demolition was the last thing after every other action failed.
On why the department was carrying out removal of all the illegal structures on road corridors when expansion of particularly the Lokogoma road has not yet commenced, the Director explained that it became necessary in order to “avoid issues of relocation and compensation.”
Decrying the fragrant violation of the development control approvals, the Director
disclosed that developer of the partially demolished mixed-use Sally Dram estate, located by an AEDC injection substation in Kukwaba, near House on the Rock church, along the Airport road, was given approval for the construction of about 24 units of 3-bed room duplexes, but decided to add nine (9) additional units.
It was gathered that illegal extension of shops and attachments to Faith Plaza and Vatan Plaza as well as a park and worship center, along Lokogoma expressway were all demolished during the exercise.
However, PeoplesDaily learnt that in cases where illegal structures were allowed to stay under compassionate grounds, developers and owners of such illegal developments would later mobilize and sue the FCT Administration, demanding to be resettled and compensated whenever it was time for development.

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