The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has demolished 5,000 buildings in Abuja.
According to the FCTA, the demolished buildings were on unapproved plots in Gishiri Village Extension, Katampe District of Abuja.
Mr Samson Atureta, District Monitor, Katampe and Mabushi, Development Control Department, FCTA, disclosed this.
He made the disclosure during the ongoing demolition of unapproved buildings and structures in the community.
Atureta said that the demolition was an ongoing exercise to remove all unapproved buildings and structures for the legal allottees in the area.
He said the exercise had reached about 60 to 70 per cent completion, saying, “So far, we have demolished at least 5,000 unapproved buildings on illegal plots in Gishiri.”
According to him, the measure ensures strict adherence to the Abuja Master Plan.
He said that the enforcement team followed due process and secured necessary approvals to remove all unapproved buildings on encroached areas in the community.
“People were allocated land in the area but could not take possession of the plots because some persons have been selling parts of the plots to unsuspecting residents who were building on them.
“Those are the houses that we are removing so that the rightful allottees will take ownership of their plots.
“As you can see, there are some new perimeter fences being built by the rightful allottees of the plots,” he said.
According to him, the Development Control Department has also reclaimed a hectare of land around the foot of Katampe Hill, designated as a green area for recreation.