FCTA demolishes 102 buildings in Gwagwalada over flooding

FCTA demolishing buildings in flood-prone areas in Gwagwalada, Abuja
Emeh Joy

Following the flooding in parts of Gwagwalada Area Council which has claimed five lives, the Federal Capital Territory has started demolishing 102 houses located along the waterways and flood plains.

The buildings were reportedly marked for demolition over a year ago. The Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Department of Control, Garba Kwankur, led the exercise on Tuesday.

Kwnakur said the occupants of the affected houses were given enough time to relocate from the flood-prone areas, adding that despite the notification, they had refused to obey the directive.

He also explained that the affected community was part of the land covering about 260 hectares, allocated within the Abuja Master Plan for development of the University of Abuja at Gwagwalada.

The deputy director said, "The University of Abuja had written to us about the encroachment issue. The settlement here that is due for resettlement has grown beyond its boundary.

Buildings threatened by flood

"And we had issues of flooding last week where five persons carried away by the flood, were confirmed dead.

"We actually had to discuss with the village leaders on the need to move away from the flood-prone area".

The community chief, Mr Isah Egari, said that he was not against the demolition; however, he pleaded with the FCT administration to give the residents more time to move out from the designated community.

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