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Development Control raids buildings in Wuse II, Central Area for infractions

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By Muhammad Abdullahi

Worried about the growing infractions on approved building plans, the FCT Development Control Department (DCD) yesterday raided some mega buildings construction sites in Wuse II and Central Business District of Abuja.

In particular, DCD officials accompanied by a joint team of security operatives stormed the affected places with their bulldozer, and removed some contravening structural elements of a mega residential building located at Seguela street, Wuse II.

They equally evacuated construction materials and waste, allegedly causing flooding in the area.

Also, the DCD officials visited and issued a stop work notice on an elongated Burgalow by the perimeter fence of an edifice undergoing renovations, adjacent Ministry of Transport building in the Central Area.

Explaining the exercise in Wuse II, Assistant Director, Building Inspectorate, North Division of the Development Control Department, Engineer Mohammed Hadi, decried the level of infringement by the contractor handling the project.

Hadi, who is in charge of the area said the officials were at the construction sites, so as to stop the contractor and developer, as their actions were not in accordance with the Abuja Master plan.

He explained that approval granted to the developer on 20 August, 2020 is for five suspended floors (deckings), which it has already reached that level, but from the DCD’s observations, there is a clear intention that the contractor wants to make an additional floor.

” The contractor also failed to submit design and details of the building, so subsequent stages of building approval were not granted. They are not supposed to be working, since a committee was set up to look at the whole thing and proposed a way forward to the management, but they didn’t even allow us to finish the work, as they resumed work on site.

“We have mechanised cutters (tools that cut both concrete and steel), which we intend to use to cut the extra structural elements that are not supposed to be in place”, he stressed, adding that”the neighbours have complained that the contractor’s crane crosses their own compound, so it’s liable to accident, as it may experience a slip or whatever. We equally issued a caution, but up till it has been removed, they didn’t anything about it,

“There is a heap of construction materials and waste outside the building, which is also a contravention as it’s a threats to others in the area even as they blocked the drains along the road, because of their activities”.

Similarly, Hope Thompson, an Assistant Director with the DCD, who led officials to the contravening site in Central Area, warned that the Department at expiration of the mandatory 21 days abatement notice will demolish the Burgalow causing infractions on the site.

According to him, “We served them about two weeks ago, so we are counting, and at the end of the mandatory 21 days notice, we are coming to remove the structure.

“We had served them the relevant notice, they are still working. So we are waiting for the time to elapse, so that nobody will accuse us of not abiding by the rules of engagement.


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Anthony Joshua is determined to stay positive after his devastating world title defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Usyk turned in a boxing masterclass to take the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, dethroning Joshua in his own back yard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua immediately left the ring after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win and was taken to hospital to be assessed after taking damage to his right eye during the contest.

But he wrote on Twitter: ‘Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

London I love you and thank you each and every time

A rematch clause will give Joshua the chance to reclaim his titles but promoter Eddie Hearn has warned big changes are needed if he is to avenge the loss.

The fighter in AJ is already talking about winning the rematch.

‘It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.

‘Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups.

‘You are straight into the fight. He will be an underdog in that rematch.

‘He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.’

Source: (Metro News)


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