Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday demolished several illegal markets, warehouses, and scrap dumps at Mpape community, describing the action as a war against criminalities in the community.
FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation chairman, Ikharo Attah, while speaking with journalists after the demolition, said the demolition in the community will enter the second quarter of next year, until when the administration is sure that the residents are ready to comply with Town Planning Acts.
Attah said the work yesterday was a little more massive than they thought because they demolished some massive structures that are on the roadside, no allocation, no building plan, no papers at all and they harbour the partakers and criminals that led to the blocking of the road.
“Knowing that the structures are blocking the road and knowing they do not have documents we had to come in here.
The road market at Mpape has been a problem, you saw what we saw this morning, the place was impassable, we have notified the Bwari Area Council chairman, Mr John Gabaya, and he promised that they are going to rebuild the market and make it modern.
“We told him that the market cannot be by the roadside, the market must give way because it was impeding the free flow of traffic and more than 85 percent of the market have been converted to residential shanties, and that contravenes the urban and regional planning Acts, so we came in here to remove them and you can see the work we did today and Mpape is looking clean every day.”
The secretary of FCT Command and Control, Peter Olumuji, said where the team cleared were areas where there were security threats because some of the residents complained to them that their children were being raped.