Abuja - The Development Control Department of the FCT on Wednesday in Abuja sealed some commercial buildings, saying that business operators in the buildings refused to pay “land use contravention charges,” totalling N1.5 billion.
Mr Gabriel Ogunkuade, Assistant Director, Land Use Contravention Unit of the department, stated this when he spoke with reporters after the exercise.
``The buildings were meant for residential and not for commercial purposes, we are charging them this money to discourage them from using these buildings.
``We discovered that in spite of the charges to discourage them from using the premises, they continued to expand and also refused to pay the contravention charges,’’ he said.
He said that the claim by some of the business operators that the buildings were sealed without notice was false, saying that enough notice was given to the business operators.
Ogunkuade said that money generated from the contravention charges was usually paid into the account of the FCT.
He urged Nigerians to respect constituted authorities and to obey the Land Use Act, warning that “anyone who removes the seal and padlock from the buildings would be prosecuted.
Some of the business operators in the buildings pleaded with the FCT Administration for more time, to enable them pay the charges.