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Abuja demolishes illegal structures

22 January 2014, 20:09

Abuja - A joint team coordinated by the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) on Tuesday demolished makeshift structures in the FCT.

The team demolished the canteen at the Dantata and Sowoe Construction Company site at Gusape, Gudu District and some structures at Kesthern Tourists Resort, a recreation park in the area, among others.

The team advised operators of the canteen to restrict their activities to the premises of the company.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other departments involved in the demolition were Development Control, Social Development and Parks and Recreation.

Others were the Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The coordinator of AMMC, Mr Reuben Okoya, told NAN that the owners of the structures did not get approval to build them.

"We are looking for valid papers but they are presenting court injunctions.

"The whole area is green buffer for the city, there is no provision for any form of recreation or hospitality activities", he said.

Okoya said that the exercise was to ensure that the FCT was clean and safe for residents.

"The population of city is rising, this calls for increased collaboration of all stakeholders to ensure that the high standard of the territory is maintained", he said.

The Director of AEPB, Aishat Adebayo, said the departments had the responsibility of making the FCT habitable.

"We used to have joint operations but there was disconnect along the line. But in the light of present realities, we decided to work together again for the benefit of FCT residents", she said.

Roland Ologun, the Director of Parks and Recreation, said the areas where the illegal structures were demolished would be managed and secured for greeneries to beautify the city.

He advised the residents of the territory to seek clarification before erecting structures.

"Every inch of land in Abuja has its use; even our trees and greens should be respected because we need them for oxygen", he added.

-  NAN

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