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Task force reclaims over 500 plots of land in FCT community

The Federal Capital Territory Administration said it has reclaimed over 500 plots of land at Gishiri in Katampe District, from individuals...

The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has reclaimed over 500 plots of land at Gishiri in Katampe District from individuals who claimed to be owners.
Deputy Director, Monitoring and Inspection, FCT Department of Development Control, Hassan Ogbole stated this at the continuation of clean-up exercise in Gishiri on Friday.
He said the illegal structures and other activities in the area affected the Abuja masterplan and must be dismantled to restore sanity.
Ogbole said, “This is our third time of visiting Gishiri in continuation of the city cleanup to restore the Abuja masterplan. Gishiri is a traditional name but the area is Katampe District, we have recovered over 500 plots of land for individuals to take possession.
“We are concerned with recovering plots taken over illegally by some persons for different purposes, to restore the Abuja masterplan.”
Ogbole called on the genuine owners of the plots to commence work immediately to stop the return of illegal structures.
“Individuals that are allottees of the plots should take them over immediately to avoid new illegal developments, let the owners come in and start developing”.
On his part, Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, AEPB,  Bello  Kaka, said the board supported the demolition to sustain mopping of unauthorized activities.
“Anything that is contrary to the standard would not be allowed. We will keep the fight against environmental nuisances till the right thing is done,” he added.
However, the secretary command and control, FCTA Department of Security, Peter Olumiji, said the administration was concerned with having a secure environment for the residents, and would not allowed illegal structures to thrive.
“Allowing illegal structures to remain, will continue to provide ground for criminals to exist, we can’t leave such structures that will become safe heavens for bad eggs. We had such experience in Gishiri in the past.
“Removing of the illegal structures will make criminals not to have a place to hide and carry out their evil activities, especially in the night,” Olumiji said.

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