The Federal Capital Territory [FCT] administration has given banks and other business organisations operating in Maitama seven days to relocate to the Central Business District (CBD) or risk closure.
The Acting Director, Department of Development Control, Garba Kwamkur gave the warning when the Department stormed the popular Gana street in Maitama to sensitise business operators on the need to relocate all banks and other commercial hubs to return Maitama to its original residential purpose.
He disclosed that the Department had a week ago served all the buildings currently converted to commercial use, notification to revert to the residential purposes, which they were originally meant for, but failed to comply.
Kwamkur, who directed the banks as well as other business organisations to relocate to CBD or Idu Industrial Estate in line with FCT master plan, warned that their business premises will be sealed off at the expiration of the seven days ultimatum.
Meanwhile, the administration has raised the alarm that over 200 hectares of land in the City have been encroached upon by illegal land grabbers raising unapproved structures, especially around the Lugbe District.
The Acting Director, Development Control Department of the FCT, Garba Kwamkur, said over 150 criminals have encroached into areas meant for public facilities in the Sabon-Wuse area of the district.
Kwamkur, who spoke to journalists shortly after a demolition exercise, said the action was part of efforts to sanitise the area in line with the FCT administration’s pronouncement to incorporate Lugbe into the Federal Capital City proper.
“As you are aware the FCT Administration has pronounced that Lugbe will be incorporated into the Federal Capital City proper, so the plan is being incorporated to have the same kind of infrastructure as those in the city.
“This area was planned for public facilities such as schools, markets, hospitals, and other public utilities, but land grabbers have encroached into the area and captured all the plots meant for public facilities and are developing them as housing estates thereby denying space for the necessary amenities that will be needed for the district in the future.
Kwamkur, who stressed that the area is meant to serve as the district center of Sabon-Lugbe,
said the department will forward the list of suspected offenders to the FCT Police commissioner to track and prosecute them as specified by the law.
“We have served them stop work notices, quit notices as spelt out in 1992 Urban and Regional Planning Law, but they have ignored all our notices and proceeded to develop these plots without building approvals.
“Currently, we have a list of well over 150 of them and we will be sending the list to the police commissioner for further prosecution,” he stated.
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