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Demolition of illegal structure done with human face-FCT




By Muhammad Abdullahi, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has said the ongoing clean up, demolition of shanties and illegal structures in the territory is done with human face and adherence to rules of engagement.

The Chairman, FCTA Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, Mr Ikharo Attah, stated this at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja.

He said that the FCT Administration mandated the demolition to rid the territory of contravention given the increasing rate of shanties and illegal structures on road corridors.

Attah said that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, had always insisted that despite the illegalities observed, high level of engagement with critical stakeholders should be held at all levels before demolition exercise.

“That for me, is the best of human face that you can get around.

“All that we have been doing as regards the clean-up, removal of shanties and illegal structures in the FCT as an administration, we are doing it with total human face.

“We carried out all the clean up or demolition as you call it with strong empathy because we understand that we are also part of humanity.

“When people commit illegality and when time of clean up comes the FCT Minister will tell you yes these things are illegal, they have to go but we are human please, engage and discuss with the people.

“The few ones you know you can make arrangements, do please, the ones you know nothing can be done, tell them expressly, talk to the local chiefs and natives to make them understand that it is actually necessary,” he said.

He said that the taskforce gave more than four months clean up notice to the Mpape community, dialogued and engaged them for sometimes before the commencement of the exercise.

He also said that the taskforce engaged some other areas like the city centre, saying “in fact we have engaged people a lot, some of the discussion are still going on.

“The Minister insisted that in all what we do, engagements with critical stakeholders must be carried out so that we can get their buy in.

“So, I believe what we exhibited is absolutely with strong and total human face. It is just that when we do all of this, the engagement is not being reported in the media.

“The dialogues and meetings were not in the media, so people will not know what we are doing. But I will tell you clearly that all the clean-up we have carried out were done with total human face.

He said that the delay in the clean-up was due to the series of negotiations and meetings with critical stakeholders.

According to Attah, the minister believes that we are part of humanity and we must as he directed engage with critical stakeholders on all of these and ensure that we do it with absolute human face.

“When we go out to clear illegal structures, if you observe we allowe people that we gave several months of notice but disobey, one hour to evacuate their properties.”


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