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National Assembly threatens to demolish Minaneol estate

28 September 2012, 10:38

Abuja - The National Assembly has threatened to demolish Minanoel Estate with more than 500 houses along Nnamdi Azikiwe International  Airport road for allegedly occupying  the land belonging to its members.

Sen. Smart Adeyemi, the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, issued the threat on Thursday in Abuja.

Adeyemi said that the estate developer had acquired the land hitherto allocated to some National Assembly members.

``We are surprised to see a developer building on Kyami district that belonged to Nigerians, including National Assembly members.

``We will not condone this act because these buildings are illegal, the developer is not supposed to erect buildings here.

``The Development Control Department as well as FCT Urban and Regional Planning Board have described the buildings as illegal,’’ he said.

He directed the two FCT departments and the estate developer to appear before the National Assembly with valid seal of ownership on Friday.

``The investigation tomorrow will unveil the secret behind the whole matter on ground because this looks like institutional connivance.

``After the investigation, if we find out that the document is genuine, then the developer will be set free and we will ask the development control to compensate them for embarrassing them and we will face FCT administration.

``But if the document is not valid, then the estate will be demolished, most of our members do not have a roof over their heads.

``FCT told us that the land was a virgin land, only for us to come and meet houses on it, and we voted funds for this project in the  2012 budget.’’

Also speaking, Rep. Emmanuel Jime, the Chairman, House committee on FCT, expressed displeasure over the incident, saying it was tantamount to an act of impunity.

Jime said that more than 3,000 plots allocated to the members had been used by the estate developer to erect illegal structures.

``What we heard is that the land did not belong to them, they are building on illegal land and they are preventing the staff of the Department of Development Control from carrying out their duty,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Yahaya Yusuf, the Director of the Development Control Department, confirmed that the estate had been erected illegally, saying the FCT administration had ordered them to stop work.

Similarly, Mr Wole Aderinto, the Deputy Director, FCT Urban and Regional Planning Board, said that illegal developers moved into District ``A’’ where Kyami was located before the commencement of the layout.



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