The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) claims that the ongoing clean-up and demolition of shanties and unlawful structures in the territory is carried out with a human face and in accordance with the rules of engagement.
Comrade Ikharo Attah, Chairman of the FCTA Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation made known on Sunday in Abuja .
The FCT administration, he added, authorized the demolition to clean the region of the growing number of shanties and illegal structures along traffic lanes.
According to Attah, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has always emphasized that, notwithstanding the illegalities, a high degree of engagement with essential stakeholders is held at all levels prior to demolition.
According to him : “That for me, is the best of human face that you can get around.
“All what we have been doing as regards to the clean-up, removal of shanties and illegal structures in the FCT as an administration, we are doing it with total human face.
“We carried out all the clean up or demolition as you call it with strong empathy because we understand that we are also part of humanity.
“When people commit illegality and when time of clean up comes the FCT Minister will tell you yes these things are illegal they have to go but we are human please engage and discuss with the people.
“The few ones you know you can make arrangements do, the ones you know nothing can be done tell them expressly, talk to the local Chiefs and natives to make them understand that it is actually necessary,” he said.
Attah added that, the taskforce gave more than four months clean up notice to the Mpape community, dialogued and engaged them for sometimes before the commencement of the exercise.
He also said that the taskforce engaged some other areas like the city centre, saying “in fact we have engaged people a lots some of the discussion are still going on which I cannot disclose here.
He further stated that ; “The Minister insist that in all what we do, engagements with critical stakeholders must be carried out so that we can get their buy in.
“So, I believe what we exhibited is absolutely with strong and total human face. It is just that when we do all of this the engagement is not being reported in the media.
“The dialogues and meetings were not in the media, so people will not know what we are doing. But I will tell you clearly that all the clean-up we have carried out were done with total human face.
He said that the delay in the clean-up was due to the series of negotiations and meetings with critical stakeholders.
Attah added that , the minister believes that we are part of humanity and we must as he directed engage with critical stakeholders on all of this and ensure that we do it with absolute human face.
“When we go out to clear illegal structures, if you will observed we allowed people that we gave several months of notice but disobey, one hour to evacuate their properties.