By Laide Akinboade
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, (FCTA) on Thursday, commenced the demolition of over 120 structures on waterways in Lokogoma District, Abuja, after two weeks of evacuation notice.
Bulldozers from the FCTA’s Department of Development Control hit Lokogoma district which has suffered perennial flooding, to clear the waterways on Thursday.
DAILY ASSET gathered that the development control officials mobilised the previous night and positioned their machines to notify residents to evacuate the buildings, and got to work the following morning, removing houses on waterways, road corridors, high tension wire and seweage lines.
The developers who sold those property to unsuspecting off-takers were no where to be found when the demolition was going on.
The FCT Administration had assured that defaulting developers would be prosecuted and be made to pay compensation to those whose property would be affected in the process.
Director, Muktar Galadima, told journalists that over 120 structures will be removed in this phase of the demolition.
It was gathered that over 300 houses have been marked for demolition in the estates in Lokogoma.
It would be recalled that a tripartite meeting of the FCDA, Residents’ Association and the developers agreed on the demolition of all houses constricting the waterways and hindering other infrastructure.
This followed a visitation by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, in company with stakeholders.
A visibly angry Ohaa had blamed property buyers for not doing due diligence before acquiring their property that have fallen on waterways and other unauthorised areas.
According to him, “We can’t continue to see people dying, we must get those structures demolished, we can’t continue to take excuses”.
He said the situation was a “Clear case of violation by developers, some of these houses were built without approvals and in spite of all claims, we can’t allow these because life is paramount.