FCTA to pull down major structures in Asokoro
As the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, is set to restore all green areas of Abuja, there are strong indications that several intimidating structures along Hassan Katsina street along the green belt of Asokoro District of Abuja and other similar cases in the FCT risk demolition.
Briefing journalists on the resolution of FCT Executive Council meeting, the FCDA Executive Secretary, Engr. Umar Jibrin, said that the FCT Administration has resolved, among other things to restore the greening of the FCT in line with the master plan.
He assured that all the green belts and green areas as captured in the master plan which have been taken over for other purposes would be restored.
The Executive Secretary lamented the effect of climate change on the environment largely because of the removal of greening from the environment.
When asked if the FCDA has the courage to remove intimidating structures and buildings on green areas, especially in Asokoro, he responded: "The FCT is a creation of law, every aspect has been provided for in the law and anything outside of it is a violation. However, we are law abiding; we will follow due process, we are not after individuals or persons, we will just do the right thing for the benefit of the public and society".
"Whatever it will take the administration to restore the master plan, we will do," he stressed.
He also said the new park policy in the FCT is to promote greening and that green parks will be encouraged, just as he decried the conversion of parks to beer parlour and dens of criminals.
Jibrin insisted that the original idea was to create relaxation spots for residents as provided for in the master plan and that "all parks must be restored to its original purpose".
He said green infrastructure would be encouraged, green soft floor rather than hard concrete floors as well as green roofs.
The FCDA Executive Secretary also said that they have undertaken a comprehensive audit of all uncompleted buildings, abandoned as well as completed but not occupied buildings and parks in the FCT City Centre.
He explained that there are 215 abandoned buildings, 95 faulty buildings and 6 buildings without approvals in the City Centre, stressing that 876 vacant plots were identified with 739 duels allocated.
Jibrin also decried the prevalence of bikes and tricycle in the city centre and the nuisance they constitute to residents.
Also speaking, Dr. Isa Jalo, Director, Abuja Geographic Information Systems, AGIS, said the new park policy would address the lingering issues of converting gardens for other uses.