FCTA begins intensive enforcement of building standards

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja 

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Nigeria through its Department of Development Control has commenced intensive enforcement of building standards in the territory.

It cautioned developers against violation of the Abuja master plan development control standards.

The Director, Department of Development Control, Town Planner Mukthar Galadima gave the warning in Abuja Nigeria’s capital when he led an enforcement team to remove illegal fences at plot 652 in Guzape District.

The Director enjoined all developers to comply with the rules and regulations contained in the approval granted to them in the course of developing structures in the territory.

According to him, “we are here to enforce development control. But somehow this developer annexed into the other property and in addition to that they built a fence beyond our standard.

“When our office noticed the violation and received complaints from neighbors because high fence always connotes a kind of imprisonment. We tried to make the developer do what is right by adhering to standards but there was some resistance. So having served all relevant notices, held meeting with them and with their failure to comply with our notices we had to enforce the law.”

“We have also sent an excavator that can implement it” he said.

The director, who said that enforcement of standard was a continuous exercise, stressed the need for all stakeholders to support the department rid FCT of illegal structures

This is not the only place, it is an ongoing process of enforcement and from here God willing we are moving to Ahmadu Bello way.

“We have made announcement to those people that open their entrance gate on the arterial and we earlier held meeting with them and now we are going for enforcement.

“It might take time but surely we must enforce our standard. The department is collaborating with professional bodies to sensitise developers on the need to abide by regulations”, he said.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh