By: Wisdom Acka
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pulled down several illegal structures built on road corridors in Gwarimpa II District on Monday.
The illegal structures used as residential and commercial purposes, occupied a large chunk of the major interchange linking Gwarimpa II to Karasana and Kafe Districts.
Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Com. Ikharo Attah, who led the team said reclaiming the road corridors within the districts had become very important to the administration to allow the areas to the spirit of the Abuja master plan.
Attah noted that more worrisome about the demolished structures, is reports that many criminal activities were traceable there.
According to him, while there are plans by the administration to implement the road projects within that corridor, there was the need for the environmental nuisances to be cleared.
Attah said: “There is excessive encroachment to the road corridors and there have been too much reports of criminal activities.”
“We marked this place two years ago , remarked it last year, it was also marked again in May this year,” he added.
He further stressed, “It is sad that the people waited after these markings and warnings. The only structures that will not be touched here, are the ones belonging to indigenous people”.
One of the victims, Peter Livinus, who stood on the rumbles of his demolished house, looking confused however denied that he was given a quit notice.
On further probing, the victim admitted that some of the houses in the area were marked, but not his own.
While he condemned the actions, saying he has been thrown into untold hardship, he also appealed to government to help and alleviate their sufferings with some palliative.