ABUJA – The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through its Department of Development Control has issued a quit notice to ‘Ya Kasuwa’ market located along the N16 road corridor in Gwarinpa....CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>
The directive mandates the traders to vacate the premises by Wednesday, as clearance operations are set to commence on Thursday.
Mukhtar Galadima, Director of the Development Control Department, conveyed the order during a meeting with stakeholders, including representatives of the traders union.
He emphasized that the FCT Administration had awarded a contract for the comprehensive development of the arterial road.
Despite ongoing discussions with traders since September 2023, their persistent requests for additional time prompted this decisive action.
“The timeframe for the contract has been compromised by the traders’ refusal to vacate. Failure to execute the contract as scheduled could result in escalating material costs and potential demands for contract variation, contrary to the Administration’s policy,” Galadima stated.
He urged cooperation from the traders, stating, “We are coming to clear the place. We are giving you up till Wednesday to clear your things. By Thursday, we are going to start.”
Responding to inquiries about a new market site from the local council revenue collector, Galadima emphasized that market allocation falls under the jurisdiction of the councils, urging them to identify suitable alternatives for the affected traders.
In response, Mohammed, Secretary of the traders union, acknowledged the impending construction and conveyed the government’s message to the traders.
“We have been there over 20 years ago, and now it has come to our notice that the road is to be constructed. We are asking for more time as we are already concluding plans to relocate,” he stated.
In a related development, the Development Control Department took action against a structure within an estate in the Karmo district, obstructing a floodplain.
Garba Jubril, an official of the department, highlighted the challenges faced in enforcing compliance due to the developer’s resistance, even involving the enlistment of policemen.
Jubril emphasized the importance of adhering to building regulations in the planned city of Abuja, stating, “The advice is that they should obey the law. Abuja is a planned city. Whoever wants to build knows what to do. Once you secure duly allocated land, you should apply for building approval.”
This move by the Department of Development Control underscores the commitment to urban planning and infrastructural development in the Federal Capital Territory.…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>