Abuja property owners risk demolition, prosecution

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), administration has vowed to prosecute builders elevating unlawful buildings which had been distorting the Abuja Master Plan.

“The illegal structures built largely on waterways are causing damage to lives and property in the FCT. We won’t accept that,” Mr Suleiman Abdurahmeed, Acting Coordinator and Director of Administration and Finance, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC,) informed newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

He mentioned that the incessant flooding in some components of Abuja and environs had referred to as for emergency consideration from related authorities of the federal capital, saying that the evaluation tour would supply the authorities with first hand info towards taking remedial steps.

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“The essence of this exercise is to go round and appraise the damage caused by the flood; we want to assess the extent of the damage so as to determine the remedial measures and ways to forestall any recurrence”, NAN quoted him as saying.

“The state of affairs is an emergency state of affairs that deserves an emergency consideration additionally. Some of the issues we found had been that a few of the flood plains have been transformed to make use of by unlawful builders.

“We intend to instantly get better these flood plains as a result of for those who block the flood plains and you don’t enable water to cross, naturally water will create its personal approach.

“The second downside inside the metropolis is the drains; we have to distill them as a result of they’re blocked by expended plastic supplies.

“We have began already and we are going to open up these drains in order that water can have straightforward passage. We have introduced machines to empty the water and you’ll see that the entire place is obvious.

“So, we are going to repeat this type of exercise in Jabi, Utako and other parts of the city,” he mentioned.

On the flooding in Lokogoma Estate, Abdurahmeed described the state of affairs as “a humongous problem” that would solely be addressed with warning.

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He mentioned that the Department of Development Control slowed down the tempo of demolition of unlawful buildings on account of heavy rains witnessed in latest days.

“You know that Lokogoma is a humongous downside. We are tackling it progressively.

“We have been eradicating all unlawful buildings there, however there are different ones we have to take away and you understand the rains are right here, however we are going to proceed.

“To tackle the situation more drastically, we have resolved that when we removed the illegal structures, we may also charge the illegal developers to court because they are causing damage to property and life,” he mentioned

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