***Scavengers feed on scrap.
More illegal structures in Abuja’s ever busy Jabi Motor Park were destroyed on Tuesday by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
This is part of a larger demolition effort to reinstate the Abuja master plan, which some property owners have violated.
The Scavengers were thoroughly enjoying the scrap during the final phase of the park’s deconstruction in the Lagos Line location, despite the significant presence of combined security personnel.
The primary goal of the clean-up, according to Comrade Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, was to dismantle any unauthorized buildings and return the original master plan.
He also explained that most of the buildings failed integrity test while others and cannot be allowed to stand because of contravention
Attah stated that the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, malam Muhammad Bello has given the demolition team the mandate to bring about sanity by removing all illegal structures to pave way for the new approved Jabi motor Park plan.
According to Attah: ” Yesterday, we removed the illegal structures and today we are removing those structures that are death traps and have failed integrity tests as well, the exercise is not limited to insecurity.
“The Scavengers are not stopping us from doing our work, but we are disturbed because they have taken over the whole place” Attah said.
However, one of the traders at the scene, Joy Johnson decried the demolition and described it as frustrating of common people.
“I didn’t feel good, other traders were not happy. It is frustrating. We are very angry because we don’t know what the country is turning into, does it mean the government wants us to be roaming the street?
“We deserve to be given two to three years demolition notice, how can people be treated this way?.