By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Thursday, called on developers in the territory to stop the arbitrary change of land-use or face prosecution and demolition.
Director, FCT Department of Development Control (DDC), Muktar Galadima, gave the directive while addressing newsmen shortly after the inspection of a property the department had earlier sealed off.
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.
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 Yar’Adua Center, and warned them against abusing development control guidelines.
He also used the opportunity to warn other developers and residents to always contact the department before commencing on any form of development in the territory.
Earlier, James Babagbale who spoke for the contractor handling the project, confirmed change of land-use but said that it had go-ahead from Environment Ministry.