The Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) has explained why some structures in the Daar Communications premises housing AIT and Raypower were demolished yesterday by their bulldozer.
According to Umar Shuaibu, Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, there has been an ongoing issue with Daar Communications over boundary encroachment.
‘’This has been a very long and lingering problem. It did not start with us; we came and met it. It’s a problem of boundary adjustment. Daar Communications has an allocation for the plot of land where they currently occupy, which is more than 18 hectares of land, and there is no threat to their title of that plot. The only problem is that of boundary. A problem of where their plot ends and where that of others start. And as you know, we have a layout of the area. The plot is bounded by other plots and there are service roads that are supposed to be there to service these plots,’’ he said.
According to him, so many of the adjoining plots have been denied access because of the wrong boundary which has been established by Daar Communications.
Mr Shuaibu said that many of the neighbouring plot owners have been notifying them to intervene in the lingering matter.
‘’Our mandate is for people who have allocation in this city to come to us to allow them develop; and if there is any dispute, we also have to go in and resolve it and ensure justice,’’ he said.
Mr Shuaibu also stated that they have established a long history of communication and negotiation with Daar Communications before this demolition took place.
‘’We have had so many communications between us and Daar Communications even before this administration, and we have everything on record.
‘’This happened because it is time for implementation because Daar Communications did not honour their side of the agreement. Our decision was even informed by the plan submitted to us by the surveyors of Daar Communications which clearly shows how the plot allocation should be,’’ he said.
He further advised that people should always abide by whatever is promised and should always respect the law.
He called on stakeholders to always seek out favourable ways of resolving disputes amicably .
Source: Housing News