Abuja Masterplan: FCTA clamps down on estate developers

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… demolishes two estates in Lugbe…

Muhammad Abdullahi, Abuja

In a bid to restore the sanctity of the Abuja Masterplan, the FCT Administration Thursday demolished buildings worth millions of Naira located within two estates in Lugbe District of the Federal Capital City (FCC).

Most of the affected were duplexes at their various stages of completion inside Seman Estate , behind Dunamis Church, along Airport Road, in the newly designated District in the FCC.

The FCTA officials accompanied by joint security agencies stormed and cleared some contravening structures situated inside Seman Metropolis Estate behind Dunamis River plate Estate, and Palms Residences opposite ShopRite Pyakasa junction, all in Lugbe.

Explaining the exercise, Comrade Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant on Inspection, Monitoring and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, said the exercise was part of the FCT enforcement component, aimed at curtailing contraventions against land use act in the nation’s capital city.

Attah, who attributed the distortions of the Abuja master plan to the excesses of estate developers, however warned them to desist from such, as the FCTA will not relent to ensure massive monitoring and enforcement against violations in the area.

He said: “At the point of our inauguration, the minister stressed the need to restore the sanctity and dignity of Abuja Masterplan, and restore Abuja to the path the founding fathers envisioned it.

” The Department of Development Control approached my office to actually clean up some of the things here. So, we have started massively in the area of violations against Abuja Masterplan.

“What the minister asked us to do is to engage and re-engage stakeholders to do the right thing, while even as we cannot allow illegality in the FCC.

“We will be doing more inspection, monitoring while also stabilising an ensuring that we enforce very strongly.

“All developers must ensure that lands and plans are genuine and approved before commencing development.

“You must also not exceed your boundary, because we see boundary extensions . So developers who contravene , we will be coming very tough against them, and that is the mandate of the Minister, you can’t rape the Masterplan and go free.”