Lugbe Witnesses Demolition of 100 Structures by FCTA
Officials from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have evicted unlawful occupants from land owned by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and demolished numerous unauthorized structures within the Lugbe community of Abuja.
The FCTA authorities conducted a operation in the well-known Timber Shield Market in Lugbe, a location that had been illicitly seized by timber merchants, scavengers, and vendors of low-value goods. Following this action, Mukhtar Galadima, the Director of the Department of Development Control at FCTA, explained that the initiative formed part of an ongoing urban cleansing effort aimed at eliminating unlawful constructions.
Galadima clarified that the targeted area lies along the corridor of Ring Road 3, connecting Gwarimpa
with the Public Service Institute and linking Siraji to the Apo Mechanics Area. He emphasized that prior to the demolition, multiple notices had been issued to the occupiers, accompanied by meetings involving traders and key stakeholders. The objective was to ensure compliance and relocation, particularly since the area is situated beneath high-tension power lines. The Transmission Company of Nigeria had already commissioned a project to energize these power lines, necessitating the removal of unauthorized structures before work could commence.
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"We had convened meetings with traders and stakeholders, informing them of our intentions well in advance. They were given ample time to relocate, and this was communicated approximately two months ago. Our commitment to this effort is unwavering, and we shall prevent any attempts to reclaim the area," Galadima asserted.
Peter Olumuji, Secretary of the Command and Control Centre at FCTA, echoed the sentiment, underscoring that this cleanup operation would contribute significantly to enhancing security for lives and property in Lugbe and its surroundings. He reaffirmed the administration's dedication to combating activities that contribute to criminality and stated unequivocally that the existence of unapproved areas would not be tolerated.
"In addition to facilitating the initiatives of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, this cleanup operation is poised to mitigate crime rates in this region. The area has unfortunately harbored individuals with criminal inclinations," Olumuji stated.
He concluded by characterizing the endeavor as a renewed campaign by the FCT administration
against narcotics trade and other unlawful pursuits that have gained a foothold within the locality.