Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Dev’t Control begins removal of 121 structures in Lokogoma

Not fewer than 121 buildings obstructing waterways along Lokogoma District of the FCT have been marked and ready for demolition by the Development Control Department.

The Director of the department, Muktar Galadima, told journalist in Abuja that demolition exercise planned for this week will affect structures built on sewage lines, road corridors, power lines and green areas.

Recall that the buildings situated in water ways through which Rivers Wumba and Kabusa navigate were marked for demolition by the FCT Administration which commenced in July last year but was stopped due to heavy downpour.

Several developers in Lokogoma District had allegedly built houses on flood plains and water channels, which often lead to severe flooding that affect lives and property.

Explaining the resumption of the removal exercise in Lokogoma, Galadima, noted that adequate sensitisation has been carried on the exercise. He added that after the sensitisation, the FCT Administration is receiving adequate corporation from the residents noting that the demolition exercise will be completed before the rain commences fully.

He further explained that the clearing exercise which also affected structures around Galadima Roundabout was meant to make way for an ongoing expansion project of Ring Road 2, where there is are provisions for interchanges.

He added that the ongoing projects was also meant to make the area accessible and to make it possible for the construction firm handling the project to continue with their project in safely and orderly manner.

He added that the exercise would be extended to Suncity and Sunny Vaile estates, to ensure that the corridor is free from all informal activities.

The department also cleared shanties and unapproved structures at Piwoyi, Tundun Wada near peace village in Lugbe.

According to the director, such structures if allowed would be hideout for criminals as well as affect the original master plan.

“The demolition is ongoing exercise, this recent one in Piwoyi and Lugbe is the continuation of demolition of illegal structures, those structures removed are unapproved, and we are advising people to desist from unapproved construction.

“Development without approval is criminal activities, when you build and people don't occupy, you build a hideout for criminals, that is why we have to enforce our standards, rules and regulations,” he said.



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