Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA intensifies demolition of illegal structures in parks and garden

Operators and developers of Parks and Gardens in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have been asked to obey the rules and regulations guiding the activities of such designated places or face the wrath of the law.

The Parks and Recreation Department of the FCTA warned that nobody will be spared in the ongoing enforcement exercise to sanitise the activities of recreational spots in the city center.

The Director, FCT Parks and Recreation Department, Architect Ali Ukele, said the government would not desist from carrying out demolition and other forms enforcement exercise, until Garden and Park developers and operators change their attitude and obey the laid down rules and regulations.

Ukele spoke during the demolition of illegal structures at Cachez Garden, Wuse Zone 1, Suez Garden, Wuse Zone 4, as well as The Junkyard and Riverplate Garden in Business Central District.

He decried that despite series of warnings by the administration, residents continued erecting illegal structures in parks and gardens. He warned that nobody, no matter how highly placed in the society, would be spared in its ongoing removal of illegal structures and activities within such places.

The director opined that most of the activities being carried out in the parks were wrong, as the places were meant for relaxation and not for selling of intoxicating beverages or hard drugs.

“There are some park operators that have approved allocations but a lot of them don't have, so if you don't have and you are operating illegal parks or structure, go and remove it.

“We intend to sanitize the activities and building in the parks, so nobody will be spared in this exercise. We have been holding series of meetings with them against this act.

“There are security threats because people sleep in parks, and we have complaints from neighbourhoods that they come from parks and rob or disturb them in the night, then disappear again into the parks, so this is the issue.”

The FCTA officials from relevant departments under the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council last month, commenced intensive and comprehensive identification and removal of infractions within parks, with the aim of sanitising them in line with the purposes for which they were allocated to their developers and operators.

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