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FCTA sustains sanitation, to demolish satellite town illegal structures

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By Ben Adoga

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)’s Department of Development Control has reiterated her commitment to demolish all illegal structures that violate the master plan of the nation’s capital.

This is as the Administration has equally vowed that the ongoing sanitation and traffic control around satellite towns will be sustained to achieve the objectives. 

The Administration warned those bent on abusing the development regulations of Abuja to desist from the act, stating that the Department won’t relent in demolishing all illegal structures built anywhere within the nation’s capital. 

Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah stated that the ongoing City Sanitation exercise in satellite towns had been authorised by the minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to checkmate development activities and ensure that contraventions do not fester. 

Attah, who led a combined team of the task force in continuation of the exercise on Wednesday evening, stated that over 80 illegal shanties demolished at Gwarimpa, were encouraging insecurity and criminality within the neighbourhood. 

He also said that the exercise at the Nyanya area of Abuja was targeted at removing the ‘pantaker’ market and all obstructions and human activities on the road dualisation to ease traffic gridlock.

Attah said the minister had expressed displeasure over human activities that are responsible for the return of traffic gridlock on FCT roads, saying that the Administration will do everything possible to clear all illegalities. 

He added that the structures demolished at Angwan Ndadi, a suburb of Nyanya was a total contravention that shrank the very narrow street into the community and encouraged lawlessness.

According to him, FCTA is making enormous commitment towards the provision of infrastructure in Abuja, and would do everything within the law to protect sanity of the city.

Attah said, ” today we removed over 80 makeshift structures at Gwarimpa due to intensive security report and criminal activities around the area

“We also removed the ‘pantaker’ market at Nyanya that have been disturbing traffic; we have demolished three structures built on top of the roads and constricted the road at Angwa Ndadi. There have been complaints about the buildings since 2010, and every efforts towards removing it proved abortive; they have been successfully removed. 

“The city is getting crowded every day and people are coming in and engaging in so many illegalities, but we will not allow it. We will sustain the exercise.”

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