The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Saturday demolished over 134 houses at Apo Akpmajenya indigenous community to pave way for the construction of a major road network in the area.
The exercise was coordinated by the FCT Task Force on City Sanitation, under the leadership of Mr Ikharo Attah.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the exercise, the Director, Department of Development Control, Malam Muktar Galadima explained that the community was earlier marked for demolition since January, 2020.
Galadima also said that prior to the demolition, the FCTA through its relevant agencies, had interface with the inhabitants of the settlement on the need for them to vacate the area which falls under the corridor of the planed outer Southern Express Way (OSEX).
He said the community falls on one of road interchanges linking Oladipo Diya, which is an arterial road with the outer Southern express way.
On his part, the Deputy Director, Planning and Resettlement, Department of Resettlement and Compensation, Malam Nasir Suleiman, said 131 houses and 169 plots were given for compensation to the members of the affected Akpmajenya indigenous community.
He said that most of them have already moved to Apo Resettlement Scheme.
The Deputy Director, however, said that a few of them were yet to move.
He explained that the policy of Federal Capital City, FCC was to resettle all the indegeous settlement within the FCC to the Federal Capital Territory which is outside the FCC.
Also speaking, the Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, Malam Baba Lawan, said that the village constitutes a lot of environmental nuisances and monumental waste generation.
Lawan explained that on daily basis trucks of waste generated from the village are carted away from the community to the central dump side.
“The village is now occupied by commercial people who are mainly traders and they generate alots of waste and those wastes are deposited even on the road”, said Lawal.
He said that Akpmajenya village also constitutes traffic gridlock on that axis due to its location at a junction of Oladipo Diya road and Apo Mechanic Village road.
Contributing, the Director, FCT Department of Security Services, Malam Adamu Gwary, noted that the village also served as a criminal hideout where most of the properties stolen are taken to, including cars.
Gwary used the occasion to reiterate the determination of the FCT administration to continue to provide adequate security of lives and properties in the territory.
Source: Voice of Nigeria