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Distortion in Abuja Master plan worrisome – FCTA

The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has expressed concern on the distortions in the Abuja Master Plan.

The Director, Department of Monitoring and Inspection of the FCT, Mr Olawale Labiyi expressed his concern during an inspection exercise in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

Labiyi then called on residents to co-operate with the administration to ensure that development is being carried out in line with the Master Plan.

The Director who was represented by the Head, City Monitoring Division, Mr Obina Nkwocha said that the greatest concern in City Monitoring is enforcing the Concept and Aesthetic of the Abuja Master Plan.

Nkwocha, said the upsurge in the population, and constant change in land uses, is negatively affecting the facilities and amenities provided by the FCT Administration.

“The facilities are being overstretched and residents seem not to be concerned. When you convert a block of 18 Flats to 36 Flats, what do you think happens to the infrastructure that has already been installed for 18 Flats. It is high time that taking interest in Public facilities because it belongs to them,”he said.

He said he was also concerned about the health of residents as Manholes and drain are not properly managed which would breed Mosquitoes and other life threatening diseases.

Indiscriminate dumping

He observed that indiscriminate dumping of Construction wastes/ material, and bleeding manhole are some of the reoccurring problems in City Monitoring.

He said residents can contribute to effective City Monitoring by maintaining personal hygiene in their immediate environment.

According to him, other areas where residents can assist in improving the aesthetics of the City is to desist from dumping refuse in drainage Channels.

He said developers should confine their construction materials within their plot as stated in the Building Plan Approval; while the Planting of Trees, Flowers and Shrubs were highly recommended.

Obina, said the Department of Monitoring And Inspection was committed to monitoring the city to ensure all nuisances were attended to and urged residents to be partners in progress with Federal Capital Territory Administration.

Source: Voice of Nigeria