FCTA warns developers against changing land use directive

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By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
Developers in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been warned to desist from arbitrary change of land use directive or face prosecution and demolition.
The Director, FCT Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima stated this while speaking with the media during an inspection of a property it had earlier sealed.
The property, Crystal Oasis Limited, a beverage factory still under construction, after Gwagwalada Motor Park in Area 1, got approval for a warehouse, but has almost completed construction of a water producing company on the same location.
Serious contravention
Mr Galadima insisted that unlawful change of land use by developers without recourse to the appropriate authority remained a serious contravention of building rules and guidelines, and was capable of attracting sanctions, including demolition if necessary conditions were not met.
The enforcement team of Development Control also visited and inspected other places, including Trinity Garden Wuse and Junkyard -near Musa YarAdua Center, and warned them against abusing development control guidelines.
He also used the opportunity to warn other developers and residents of the FCT to always contact the Development Control department before commencing on any form of development in the nation’s capital.
Earlier, James Babagbale, who spoke for the contractor handling the project confirmed change of land use, but said that it got a backing from the Environment Ministry.
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