Written by Austine ELEMUE

Massive demolition looms in Gwarinpa

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, through its Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, has concluded plans for the removal of all structures contravening FCT Land Use Act, in line with its reinvigorated efforts at maintaining the sanctity of the Abuja master plan. 

Specifically, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council has commenced site inspection and marking of all illegal structures in Gwarinpa. 

Structures marked for immediate possible removal include; worship centres, housing estates, office buildings, eatery and shanties in the area.

Explaining the rationale, AMMC Coordinator, Umar Shuiabu, said the council is mandated to ensure that people develop Abuja, according to the rules and regulations, and the Gwarinpa Housing Estate is not in isolation with the entire city plan. 

Shaibu vowed that the council will not spare people that are developing on service lane, flood plains and drainage channels in the estate, built and managed by Federal Housing Authority, FHA. 

"There is contravention, a complete violation of the Abuja Master Plan, and that is why we are synergizing with the FHA to make sure that we develop Abuja according to the laid down rules and regulation. 

"We have just started marking, we are going to meet at the end, when we are going to bring out an action plan. Definitely, where there is contravention that require removal, we are going to remove all the structures contravening the land use Act. 

"We are not going to spare people that are developing on service lane, flood plains and drainage channels. These are important facilities, and by the time you temper with them, you are tempering with the lives of the people, we will not condone all these abuses," Shaibu stressed. 

Similarly, Managing Director, FHA, Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin, noted that over the years, there have been a lot of fragrant abuses of provisions in Gwarinpa, which must stop. 

He added that waterways and floodable areas have also been identified, and the FHA, AMMC and other agencies are working together to ensure the housing estate is restored to meet up with the original design. 

"We mark, but we have to follow all the procedures to the later before we can enforce. We have to inform the contraveners, give them time to revert but before then, you have to make provisions for that. 

"Enforcement must come after certain activities have taken place in files and meeting, but it is now that the action is about to start. 

"The minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello is concerned and he is insisting that everything must be done in line with the designs and specifications in accordance with the Abuja Master Plan," he said. 



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