FCTA Dev. Control Demolishes Illegal Structures In Sil Estate …Says Developer Must Pay Demolition Cost
TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Department of Development Control has demolished illegal buildings in Sil Estate, within the popular Mbora District. While warning the public never to erect any structures in Abuja without necessary permits. The Director of the department, Tpl Muktar Galadima who led the team warned that government would not allow any contraventions that could abuse the Abuja Master Plan hence its resolve to demolish such structures wherever they spring up so as to maintain the sanctity of the master plan.
Galadima who was represented by the department’s Deputy Director in charge of Monitoring and Enforcement, Tpl Garba Kwamkur, vowed that, as stipulated by law, the developer would be made to refund the cost of the demolition exercise. He, however, hinted that though the developer was yet to have approval for all structures in his estate, his men only brought down the sprawling building on Plot 4545 which was sitting on green area meant for recreation. According to him; “The area was allocated as a comprehensive development plot for residential purpose and the developer moved to site without necessary planning permit and built all sorts of houses.
We noticed what was going on and did serve the developer and the structures all relevant contravention notices, and we moved forward and processed them for removal. “The public should know that Abuja is a planned city and whatever they have to build within the city, they must seek development control approval, be it a private or government development or any other entity. They must seek planning approval so as to go in line with the aims and objectives of the plan. “This developer, called Sil Estate in Mbora, never sought for approval, and we did necessary markings and served him relevant notices but he ignored them.