Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has rolled out new measures to address security challenges in Abuja. Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Umar Gambo Jibrin, disclosed to newsmen that all abandoned and uncompleted buildings, parks, events centres within the Federal Capital City (FCC) would be subjected to review and possible revocation.

He said that most of the structures built within the city centre contravened the Abuja Master Plan rules and guidelines, and must be pulled down, after necessary procedures have been followed. Jibrin said the decision followed the resolutions of FCT Executive Council (Exco) meeting headed by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, last Monday. He stated that the new initiative was informed by a review of policy issues and programmes of development in FCT by the Exco.

According to him, there are over 215 abandoned buildings, 95 uncompleted, 879 vacant plots, six without approval and 739 plots duly allocated. He said 15 plots have been revoked, 10 withdrawn with 114 having no records, which the FCT Exco viewed as security threat. “With the increasing rate of insecurity across the country, we have resolved that all structures in FCT especially those that are not in line with the Master Plan, should go. Most of the areas that will be affected include Asokoro, Maitama, Gwarinpa and Wuse,” he stated.

Allaying fears that the exercise was targeted at any individual, he said to the contrary, it sought ”to restore green areas as captured in the Master Plan.” The Executive Secretary said all agencies involved have been directed to take measures that would assist in the demolition exercise. Also speaking, Director, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr. Isa Jalo, disclosed that the new park policy would address the lingering issues of converting gardens for other uses.

His counterpart in the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), Wadata Aliyu Bodinga, reiterated the ban on motorcycles and tricycles, regretting their influx into the city. Bodinga called on security agencies and the public to remain supportive of government policies to give FCT residents a good life. He also called on the public to try and withdraw patronage of commercial motorcycles in the city to discourage their activities even as he reminded operators of such means of transportation to limit their activities to estates and Abuja city suburbs.

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