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Why FCTA demolished poultry farms in Kubwa –Director
• Warns Area Council Chairmen against illegal allocations

18th Jan, 2021 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

Authorities of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have explained why poultry farms in Kubwa, a major satellite town in the Territory were removed recently. The Administration cited illegality in the location of the farms, adding that the farms were built on an area designated for Kubwa District Centre and other parts to individuals for residential purposes.

A district centre normally accommodates facilities such as stadium complex, shopping complex, markets and others in the area, but not poultry farms because of health risks such pose to the public, Abuja Digest Weekly gathered. Speaking for the authorities, Director, FCTA Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, told newsmen that his men had before the demolition exercise served notices and given enough grace before the exercise.

According to Galadima, the Abuja Master Plan designated areas for every activity in FCT, saying the area the poultry farmers took over was meant for residential purpose, hence owners of the residential plots had petitioned his office to ensure access to their property for development. He regretted a situation where unscrupulous persons would collect monies from unsuspecting citizens and give them land without title documents, insisting that only the FCT Minister has the power to allocate land for any purpose in FCT.

Galadima, therefore, warned Area Council Chairmen and local chiefs in the nation's capital to stop issuing land to members of the public, vowing that the department would do everything possible to address such challenge as part of its plans for 2021. The director also disclosed that the department plans to organize a joint parley with leadership of Area Councils to chart a route to tackle such challenges and address the public on the roles and responsibilities of the department to avoid illegalities.

Dwelling on aspects of the new FCT parking policy, Galadima said that the act of having events centres in parks and gardens in the Territory was totally unacceptable, adding that the department has stopped giving approval for events centres in parks and gardens. He further explained that the department also carried out demolition exercise on illegal structures at Tee & Cee Park in Area 3 last week, saying that there was an abuse of development plan in the area.

"There are illegal structures built within the stream corridor, open spaces and green area at the park which was discovered in the course of our monitoring exercise in parts of the city and after serving them relevant notices, we removed the illegal structures," the director explained. He warned owners of parks and gardens to always keep to development plan approvals as granted by the Department of Development Control to avoid demolition after construction.

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The Chief of Medical Service, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, said that NAF had been supplying oxygen to hospitals across the country since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020.

"Explaining the debilitating effects of the pandemic on virtually all aspects of human endeavour globally, Mallam Abdulrazaq stated that Covid-19 did not, however, stop the Secretariat from delivering quality service to FCT residents.

The Administration cited illegality in the location of the farms, adding that the farms were built on an area designated for Kubwa District Centre and other parts to individuals for residential purposes.


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