By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has suspended processing and issuance of building plan approvals for Lugbe district and all ongoing developments in the area.
A statement issued by the Director, FCT Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima said the decision became necessary due to the ongoing harmonisation of developments in the district with the Abuja Master Plan.
It explained that the harmonjzation process was imperative, considering the current state of illegal develooments in Lugbe, revealing that there was myriad of contraventions, including arbitrary change of land use, among others, which must be corrected.
“This is to inform the general public that the department of Development Control, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, is not granting building plan approval for developments in Lugbe due to the ongoing harmonisation exercise of the District in line the Abuja Master Plan.
“Consequently, any developer found to be developing any property within Lugbe District without the requisite building approvals from the department is doing so at his/her own risk” he said.
The statement which urged the public to be “guided and ensure compliance in order to avoid relevant sanctions”, also advised developers to stop illegal conversion of approved buildings to other uses, especially from residential into commercial use, even as it ordered defaulters to immediately revert such abuses or face demolition.