102 houses in the Federal Capital Territory will be demolished as parts of precautionary measures to avoid further damages by flood in the Gwagwalada community.
The development was disclosed on Tuesday, August 4 by the FCT Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Department of Department Control, Garba Kwamkur.
Naija News understands that the decision was coming following recent flooding in parts of the Gwagwalada Area Council which claimed five lives. Speaking to newsmen today, Kwamkur, revealed that houses built on the waterways and flood plains will be destroyed.
According to him, residents of the affected houses in Gwagwalada had all been issued warning notice before now to move out of the flood-prone areas but they had refused to obey the directive.
“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, and we had the issue of flooding last week, where five persons carried away by the flood, were confirmed dead,”
He added, “We actually had to discuss with the village leaders on the need to move away from the flood-prone area. The FCT Emergency Management Agency has also predicted that there would be heavy flood this year.
“So we are taking some precautionary measures; that’s why all the buildings along flood plains will have to go. All the contravention notices have been issued since 2019.”
On his part, the Chief of the community, Isah Egari on behalf of residents, begged the FCT Administration for more time to pack out the community, noting that he was in disagreement with the demolition.
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