Over 100 illegal structures on road corridors dismantled in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Tuesday warned owners of illegal structures located on any of the approved road corridors within Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, to dislodge it or risk having it demolished without compensation.

The Senior Special Assistant (Designate) to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah gave the warning when he led in his capacity as head of FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation to dismantle and demolish over 100 illegal buildings obstructing road construction leading to Kubwaba 11 train station, in Karon-majigi, Abuja.

He reiterated the commitment of the administration towards infrastructural development and warned that every illegal structure standing in the way of any project would be demolished at the owner’s peril.

Attah who also expressed sadness over the loss being continuously incurred by victims of the demolition said that government will remain focused on citizen-oriented service delivery in all facets.

He also noted that the Kukwaba train station had been completed long ago and was ready for use, but the occupants of the illegal structures had refused to vacate the area, thereby slowing the road construction project.

He said, “We are in Karon-Majigi to remove all illegal structures that are obstructing the road project to Kukwaba train station. We have to clear the houses wrongly built on these road corridors.

“This is against the warnings that we have always given via the media that you cannot buy land from the local Chiefs and build without approval.

“The Minister was very clear when he addressed journalists at the Presidential Villa that all those who illegally buy land and build houses on road corridors will not be compensated.

Also speaking, an Assistant Director at the FCT Department of Development Control, Hope Thompson, who is in charge of the area, confirmed that all indigenous people whose houses were affected had been adequately compensated before the exercise.

He also disclosed that non-indigenes who defied urban and regional rules, to build without building approval, won’t be compensated by the administration.

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