The Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has identified key locations suspected to be criminal dens for demolition along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road corridor.
Comrade Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, who led the exercise on Tuesday, intimated that the places are a security threat.
Saying, in a few days, the bulldozer will hit the Bassanjiwa and Fataan settlements, which are adjacent to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport’s local wing’s main gate.
All shanties and illegal buildings near the BassanJiwa railway station, which is close to the Airport corridor, will be removed, according to Attah.
He said, the planned demolition was in continuation of the minister’s directives to keep the city free from illegalities that usually serve as haven for criminals.
The Taskforce, also marked illegal structures at Karonmajiji and other shanties that take over Kuje township road, causing unabated grildlock.
According to him: “Marking of these structures is a prelude to the intensive work that we have planned to do in most part of the city to keep it more safe.
“We started with Karonmajiji, then BassanJiwa where people have built up to the railway line which is very bad, the structures are even touching the rail pillars, and for security reasons we wouldn’t allowed such to stand. In Kuje, the traffic in the heart of the town is very bad and we have to reclaim it. We can’t sit down and watch the illegalities to continue.
He said pulling down of shanties that have taken over Kuje township road would start after consultation with the chairman of the Area Council,the traditional ruler and other key stakeholders.
“Kuje own, we will do more of engagement in collaboration with the stakeholders on the need for the people to understand that the illegal structures must be removed”