By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has pulled down more worship centres, shops, shanties and other illegal structures built on road corridors at Mpape.
Chairman FCT Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, Mr Ikharo Attah during the continuation of the exercise on Thursday, said the exercise would last for the next three weeks.
He explained that the affected worship centres extended their buildings and fence to the road shoulders which was against the master plan.
Attah said the removal of the structures was part of efforts of the FCT Administration to rid the nation’s capital of environmental nuisance and strategy to curb criminality in the terriory.
He vowed that the administration would leave no stone unturned in the course of the exercise.
“The major illegalities identified here are worship centres, business shops, shanties, and other illegal structures build on road corridors which makes Mpape Community looks very offensive due to nuisance.
” The demolition of such environmental nuisance started on Wednesday which we are able to clear a number of shanties and containers on roadside and across and deep inside the Mpape Market.
” Similarly, today we carried out major operation and cleared illegal structures and others that were extended to the road shoulders and we shifted them back.
” We also shifted part of the market back and we are able to do what we did here today, knowing that the exercise will last for three weeks,” Attah said.
The chairman stated that all the plots that would be reclaim at the end of the exercise would be handle by the relavant departments of the administration.
” The ones that are concern by actually road expansion, the department will be doing their job and one concern with the greening will be carried out by relavant departments.
” Ours as enforcement officers is to clear the road, remove all the incumbrances, illegalities and once our job is done we are satisfy that we have done our part.”
On his part, Mr Peter Olumuji, Secretary, FCTA, Command and Control Centre, said” in crime triangle there is one of the portion that talks about opportunities. And here the opportunities that we noticed is the people started developing unplanned settlement and shanties which breed criminality.
“So removing all this shanties is removing the opportunity for criminals to hibernate and commit crime,” he said.
Reacting, one of the victims Mr Vincent Victor, a landlord and shop owner at Mpape, opined that none of the occupants of the demolition illegal structures have approved from FCTA to erect buildings or shanties.
He, however, appealed to the FCTA to provide them with alternative location to enable them continue their business.