The FCT Administration has called on operators of night clubs within residential areas in the city of Abuja to stop their activities or face revocation of their plots.
The administration said it may be forced to carry out this action because their operations have become a nuisance to the city.
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The Coodinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shuaibu, while briefing journalists in Abuja at the weekend said, AMMC through its various departments was taking steps to address the various issues of noise pollution from lounges/night clubs as well as places of worship located within the residential areas as they were in contravention of the extant statutes and city regulations.
The coordinator added that the council has observed the increased trend of conversion of residential buildings to lounges and night clubs and on that note taken several steps to address the situation.
He said the implications were beyond noise pollution but also negative social influence on youths in areas where these lounges are located.
“On the instruction of the minister, the permanent secretary convened a meeting with some of the night club operators in Abuja who were enlightened on how the lounge/ night club activities amount to contravention of the city’s master plan, and the need to revert the use of the premises to the designated residential use as stipulated in the city’s master plan. He also gave timeframe of 30 days to the operators,” he said.
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Shuaibu further stated that according to clause 10 in the condition of Certificate of Occupancy, “a developer is not to erect or build or permit to be built on the said land building other than those permitted to be erected by virtue of the certificate of occupancy. With that, a developer is not to use the said land except for a purpose for which the space is allocated.”