FG denies plan to demolish 1,500 houses in Sidu Abuja community

FG denies plan to demolish 1,500 houses in Sidu Abuja community


The Federal Government has denied reports that 1,500 houses are planned to be demolished in Sidhu community near Lugbe Phase 2 in Abuja.

Kenneth Chigel, director of media and advertising for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), made the announcement in a statement.

Last week, it was widely reported that local residents claimed that the FHA was planning to demolish their homes to make way for housing complexes being built by private developers.

Residents said the FHA's decision “blatantly violates their constitutional rights, disregards their well-being as citizens, and tarnishes Nigeria's global reputation.”

Meanwhile, the FHA said it was not responsible for the planned demolition.

“The authorities want to correct the false impression created by some land grabbers who have extorted money from some innocent Nigerians by selling state-owned land and have consistently defrauded them. .

“The Federal Housing Authority acquired land parcels from the Federal Capital Territory Authority for housing development, conducted surveys and subsequently paid compensation to the farmers,” it said.

Chigel said the illegal development happened to be on the right side of the ring road that serves the entire area.

“As a result, eight months ago, FHA and FCDA began identifying all development on FHA land and within Loop 3 (scheduled for removal) to pave the way for land development,” he said. added.

Chigel pointed out that the authorities are asking all those claiming genuine rights to the land to submit proof of ownership and construction approvals for documentation.

“It is therefore surprising that someone would come up with the outlandish claim that the Federal Housing Administration is planning to demolish the entire Zhidu community with just two weeks’ notice.

“Authorities will not be distracted or deterred by the ambush tactics of prominent community leaders. FHA will never respond to slum development on its property.

“We believe that anyone with genuine title to a piece of land within the above community that is within the FHA land parcel should come forward with all relevant documentation and development approval for documentation. “I reiterate my point,” he insisted.

The development comes just two months after FHA demolished 677 houses and partially demolished 774 houses in Festac Town, Lagos.

Source: dailypost.ng

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