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General News of Saturday, 7 May 2022

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Flooding: Federal capital administration vows to demolish illegal structures

FCT, Abuja FCT, Abuja

The Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority, Shehu Ahmad, has warned that all houses built along flood plains would be demolished.

Ahmad, who accused developers in the area of distorting the master plan and causing flooding, added that structures erected in unapproved areas would be pulled down.

Many houses were submerged after a flood took over Dogongada, Lokogoma, Damangaza and Apo Dutse in the Gudu district areas of the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday May 4.

Ahmad, who spoke while receiving the management of the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, according to a statement on Friday May 6 by the agency’s spokesperson, Nkechi Isa, also called for a joint stakeholders’ conference to address the perceived violations before the start of the rainy season.

It read in part, “The Executive Secretary assured of his commitment to work with FEMA to remove all illegal developments along flood plains. Noting that unscrupulous developers were erecting structures in undesignated areas, thereby distorting the master plan, the executive secretary vowed that such buildings would be demolished.”

The Director-General of FEMA, Abbas Idriss, expressed concerns over incidents of flooding in some parts of the area when rain had not fully started.

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