Massive Demolition Looms in Abuja Shanties, Estates

Massive Demolition Looms in Abuja Shanties, Estates

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The Federal Capital Territory Abuja will soon resume its massive demolition of illegal structures.

The exercise which was intended to sanitize and regain the city’s original plan master plan will have structures like shanties and estates obstructing power transmission lines and major access road networks affected.

The exercise has already commenced in some locations like Area 1 Garki district, Zuba interchange, Jabi motor park, Giri junction, Ungwan Saidu, a rising shanty right in the heart of Kado district and a property at Mabushi district said to belong to a former first lady.

It was gathered that areas that will be affected by the imminent demolition exercise include Peace Village, Tudun Wada and Fruit Market all in Federal Housing Lubge.

Some other shanties within the capital city including those in Kubwa, Gwarimpa, Jahi, Kado districts and even those in highbrow areas like Maitama, Asokoro, Guzape, Katampe and Jabi districts may also be pulled down.

Some of these communities within the city centre sprung up as a result of huge settlers who came to FCT seeking greener pasture.

Speaking on the matter, the Development Control Director, Malam Muktar Galadima, said that all the shanties built directly under the high tension in Tudun Wada, Peace Village, and on either side of the electricity facility will be brought down.

He added that properties that breach the legally permitted 30 meter-proximity to the high tension particularly at the Lubge FHA Fruit Market and others would also be removed to pave way for the commencement of work by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

“The distance legally allowed from the high tension is 25 meters, plus 5 metres for contingency, which makes it 30 meters,” he said.

The Director explained that the residents have be severally warned about the demolition and that it has become necessary to carry out the demolition exercise because of the request from the Federal Ministry of Power for the FCTA to clear the area for it to commence construction of a 330/132/33kV substation in Lugbe (West Main).

Galadima added that the substation was one of the major capital projects to be executed in 2018.

“By standard we have to make sure that people do not develop (build structures) within the high tension line and it is not safe for people to live there, you can imagine someone selling gas under the high tension imagine what will happen if there is disaster,” Galadima said.

Also, FCTA officials said another massive demolition exercise planned for this year will affect illegal estates in the city.

For example, an estate named Diamond Acres also situated in Lubge was said to have breached the Abuja master plan as it is sitting right on the proposed Ring Road 4.

Speaking at the project site, the Coordinator Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) Umar Shuiabu at the project site said that the estate must go.

He said that Diamond Acres Estate was sitting directly on the Ring Road 4, a major road network which could not be diverted because of the illegal project whose owner, he said, has refused to heed many development control notices served on him to stop work.

Shuiabu stated that the developer did not follow due process in obtaining necessary development control permits before embarking on the structures.

When asked why the FCTA failed to stop the said developer before the structures were erected, Shuiabu said, “The structures in that estate have been marked severally to stop work but whenever we mark it for demolition, the developer will wipe it off and continue work and now he has gotten to completion stage.”

Efforts made to reach the developer were not successful.

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