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54 shanties removed in FCT over Covid-19 violations, illegality

Mar, 2021 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

No fewer than 54 makeshift structures were removed last week for allegedly violating the Land Use Act and established Covid-19 protocols within Karu Site and Jikwoyi Phase 1 satellite towns, Abuja. Also touched were the perimeter fence and adjoining structures of relaxation facilities, a drinking parlor and Parish Lounge and nightclub, sealed recently with a warning to the developers to revert to the original approved land use.

Officials of the Development Control Department and the Covid-19 enforcement team, in collaboration with other relevant agencies under FCTA, stormed the locations with bulldozer and carried out the exercise. Most of the structures affected were sited along road corridors of Agric Quarters and under high tension electricity lines in Karu Site and St. Simon's Church, Jikwoyi Phase 1 extension, off Sada Cruz.

Speaking after the exercise, Acting Director, Development Control, Garba Kwamkur said the department received a marching order from FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to rid the city of miscreants, unapproved developments and make Abuja habitable for all well meaning citizens.

Kwamkur said: "We are removing all infractions and unapproved developments within the city road corridors. "Right now we are going around satellite towns and we are starting with Karu Site and Jikwoyi. It is a continuous exercise; we are going even up to Abaji where we had not been going for some time. We are ready for all the satellite towns within the city."

On his part, Head, Media and Enlightenment, Covid-19 taskforce, Comrade Ikharo Attah, expressed optimism the removal exercise will deter those who may want to violate the protocols and abuse the land use. Attah remarked: "What we did in Karu was joint effort with the Covid-19 enforcement team. We saw several violations of the protocols which we reported to Development Control and officials moved in with their bulldozer and removed contravening structures in the area. "Not less than 54 shanties were removed in Karu Site alone; that tells you how bad it is here. We from the Covid-19 team enjoyed this very much as we hope that this will deter others from doing so."

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