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FCTA, Abuja Chiefs Dialogue On Illegal Community Expansion

… Warns Non-indigene Against Purchasing Illegal Land

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has hinted that it is partnering with traditional leaders from the various Chiefdoms to stop the alarming trend of illegal community expansion in the nation’s capital.

Adding that the renewed massive demolition of illegal structures in some of the communities along the Airport road is as a result of some residents illegally expanding the areas by selling land without the government’s approval.

FCTA , also decried the rate at which some communities along that road axis were growing, with local Chiefs still illegally selling land to people who wanted to build without permission from the government.

The Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah during an interactive meeting with Traditional and other Community leaders from over 10 villages, said Zamani village , where illegal structures have been marked for demolition, is one of the places where some residents have disregarded government’s warning to embark on unapproved expansion.

Attah expressed displeasure that residents were forcing government to spend scarce resources on demolition exercise, also vowed that enforcement of orders will not abate until environmental sanity was restore to all parts of the territory.

He noted that, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello was determined to routing out all the illegalities, having warned local Chiefs who illegally sell land, as well as those buying and developing such land.

Attah, however, reiterated that the houses of the indigenous people located within the approved areas won’t be demolished, said that all the structures on the illegal expansion would be pulled down.

He explained that the essence of holding meetings with traditional and Community leaders of the affected places, was to ensure that ensure proper sensitization, as well as galvanize support.

He further warned people who have continued with the habit of buying and building of houses illegally in any part of Abuja.

According to him, such practices amount to a collosal waste of resources, and also very tragic to economic growth.

Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Community Relation, Ishaku Yamawo, called on the various Community leaders to desist from all negative activities that will attract punitive measures from government.

Yamawo also assured the leaders that indigenous peoples houses would not be affected in the demolition exercise.

He said the administration was working on modalities of providing more basic amenities in the communities, but needs the cooperation of the residents.

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