ABUJA – In order to prevent imminent danger of flooding in the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT Administration through the Development Control Department has embarked on the comprehensive removal of buildings along waterways in Kubwa and Dawaki settlements.
The exercise, according to the Director, Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima, was against the backdrop of a heightened downpour, causing a flash flood at this period of the year.
He noted that most of the affected structures, which is used as residential, commercial and worship centres are located on floodplains and high tension powerlines along Arab Road and other adjourning places in Kubwa and Dawaki settlements respectively.
Galadima said the Development Control officials yesterday stormed the settlements, and carried out final marking and sensitization exercise, in order to pave way for a hitch-free actual removal.
According to him, during the sensitization campaign, the government had served adequate abatement notice on the affected areas.
He, however, decried the attitude of owners and tenants of the affected structures, bent on living and trading in unapproved and inappropriate places, despite heightened awareness campaign against the menace, not only defacing the city but causing untold hardship to other members of the society.
He, therefore, reiterated that the resolve of the government to sustain the exercise, in order to forestall disaster in the nation’s capital city.
Galadima warned those having illegal structures across the nation’s capital city, especially in flood-prone areas to remove such structures by themselves, else his men and bulldozers would be unleashed to clear them.