Worried by the rate of Abandoned Buildings in the nation,s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said it is set to conduct intensive integrity test on all abandoned structures in the territory.
Director of development control department, Murktar Galadima, who disclosed this during a meeting with building consultants in Abuja yesterday, noted that a number of abandoned buildings have been identified, hence the move to engage consultants to conduct integrity tests on the structures to determine their stability or otherwise.
Murktar added that the department would remove all structured that fail Integrity test to avoid unfortunate situations.
According to him, there are about 653,000 abandoned buildings in the nation’s capital city, much of which serve as a safe haven for men of the under world.
“We want to be more proactive; we don’t have to wait to be caught napping, that is why we had to call the consultants and other stakeholders, so that we can have discussions and strategise on how to prevent structural failure, otherwise known as building collapse, in Abuja.
“Some times back the department of Development Control went out and identified a number of abandoned buildings, and some of these things have stayed for some times, so we need to engage consultants to conduct integrity tests on these structures to determine their stability or otherwise,” he explained.