The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has begun the demolition of several houses built on the waterways and flood plains marked for such purpose over a year ago and so far, 102 of such buildings have gone down in Gwagwalada Area Council following rains that claimed five lives.
The Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Department of Department Control, Garba Kwamkur, who led the exercise on Tuesday, explained that the occupants of the effected houses were given enough time to move out of the flood-prone areas, adding, however, that they had refused to obey the directive.
Kwamkur also said that the affected community was part of the land covering about 260 hectares, allocated within the Abuja Master Plan for the development of the University of Abuja at Gwagwalada.
The deputy director said, “The University of Abuja had written to us about the encroachment issue. The settlement here that is due for resettlement has grown beyond its boundary.
“And we had issue of flooding last week where five persons carried away by the flood, were confirmed dead.
“We actually had to discuss with the village leaders on the need to move away from the flood-prone area.”
The Chief of the community, Chief Isah Egari, said that he was not opposed to the demolition, but he appealed to the FCT administration to give the residents more time to move out from the community