FCTA demolishes 11,705 shanty colonies, generates N2.5bn from building plan – Official

The Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has demolished 11,705 shanty colonies across Abuja city, from January to October.

The department also generated N2.5 billion and created 13,873 direct and indirect jobs within the period.

The Director of Development Control, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, FCTA, Mukhtar Galadima, said this on Sunday during a media briefing on the activities of the department in Abuja.

Mr Galadima explained that the shanties and illegal developments were demolished in conjunction with the Ministerial Enforcement Task Force Team.

He identified the affected areas as Kabusa, Kasuwan dare, Galadimawa junction, Mabushi scavenger colony and Gudu District along Oladipo Diya Way.

He equally said the department removed obstructing structures on waterways at Lugbe, Jahi and Lokogoma.

This, according to him, has curtailed the flooding being experienced within the city in recent years.

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He also said the encroachment on rights of way and security black spots were equally dismantled in collaboration with security agencies in the FCT.

The director also disclosed that a total of 1,764 building plan applications were received within the period, out of which 1,422 were granted approvals, including backlogs from previous years.

On revenue generation, Mr Galadima said the N2.5 billion was generated from building plan approval and land use contraventions from January to October.

He said that amount represents 68.5 per cent of the N3.7 billion target for the year, adding that of the N2.5 billion, N1.7 billion was generated from building plan approval alone.

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The director also explained that the 13,873 direct and indirect jobs were created at different stages of construction at various sites as approved by the department.

Another achievement according to Mr Galadima included the inauguration of a One-Stop Vetting Team to treat backlog of files and fast-track of building plan approval for Plots within areas serviced with infrastructure.

He added that the department also established Regional Offices to decentralise monitoring and enforcement activities in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns.

“We equally inaugurated a Committee on the Prevention of Building Collapse in the FCT to proffer modalities and institutional framework to avert building collapse in the territory.

Source: Premium Time Newspaper

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