By Raph Christopher
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has begun plans to stop abuses of recreational parks by the owners.
At the commencement of the fight against abuses of the parks, the director of finance and administration, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Suleiman Abdulrameed at the weekend commenced tour and marking of structures and activities within parks and gardens in the nation’s capital.
Abdulrameed said the exercises became necessary due to the nefarious activities within recreational parks within the territory, saying the council was revealing the advanced plans to mitigate the menace.
He said the council had resolved to embark on intensify enforcement to address all infractions on approved land use especially noise pollutions and all sorts of illegal activities around parks and gardens.
The director who was accompanied by heads of departments; Parks and Recreation, Development Control, Urban and Regional Planning, visited the busy Millennium Park in Maitama, Surich Park and Covenant Park in Wuse Zone 6.
Also, the team visited Peka Parks and Garden, Wuse Zone 3 and Unique World Guarden, Wuse Zone 5, during which abatement and removal notices were served on operators whose activities are not in line with the specified rules.
The AMMC director, said the assessment and warning tour followed a directive by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, as the FCT Administration will not condone the infractions any longer.
He decried increasing illegal structures and activities within approved FCT Parks and gardens, which he said were not in conformity with their original land use plan.
Though the director was not certain on the date of enforcement but said: “We are not giving any definite time. We have to come and force them to reverse to original land use.
“We have our plans to make sure that these places are developed to their original use. And I cannot come to a place and start disclosing our strategy for somebody to pick up and start to sabotage” he said.