The Federal Capital Territory Authority FCTA has commenced a demolition exercise in Lokogoma District of Abuja today.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration had two weeks ago given an ultimatum to residents of Ipent-5 Estate in Lokogoma District, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), whose buildings are along waterways and road corridors, to vacate the areas.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, gave the warning during an unscheduled visit to the estate, in Abuja. Mr Ohaa said that after the two weeks ultimatum, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would move in and demolish all structures along the waterways and road corridors.
He said that the buildings to be removed by the administration, after the ultimatum, are structures built on 20 meters from both sides of rivers.
At the expiration of the ultimatum, a task force team from FCTA began the demolition today at the affected areas.
Speaking exclusively to Housing News, Town Planner Muktar Galadima, Director, Department of Development Control, FCTA confirmed that the exercise was indeed to remove the buildings on water and service corridors.
According to him, there has been several meetings with the residents whom have also been served adequate notices. ‘’These buildings have been marked for demolition since 2017,’’ he said.
On whether there will be any compensation for affected property owners, Muktar Galadima said that compensation is only payable to any construction that was duly approved. ‘’But in this case, these constructions were not approved,’’ he revealed.
The marked buildings disrupting water flow are in IPENT, IPENT 2, and IPENT 5.
Lokogoma has been susceptible to flooding for many years now, leading to the death of at least 10 people including the loss of properties and valuables.
By Kesiena Omamogho
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