FHA not responsible for destruction of Zhidu community – Official | Guardian Nigeria News

FHA not responsible for destruction of Zhidu community – Official | Headline News

The management of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has said it is not responsible for the planned demolition of Jiddu community near Lugbe Phase 2 in Abuja.

FHA’s Head of Press and Public Affairs, Kenneth Chigel, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, “Government authorities need to correct the false impression created by some land grabbers who have extorted money from some innocent Nigerians through the sale of state-owned land and have consistently defrauded them. I'm thinking of doing it.

“The Federal Housing Authority acquired land parcels from the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) for housing development, continued to conduct surveys and subsequently paid compensation to the farmers.

“In the process of carrying out the pre-development exercise, it was found that some squatters had encroached on some of the land belonging to the authorities.

“To further complicate matters, the illegal development happens to be on the right-hand side of Ring Road 3, which runs through 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.

Chigel said authorities called on all those claiming genuine rights to the land to submit documents proving ownership and construction approval.

“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.

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

“We reiterate that those with bona fide rights to portions of land within the above communities that are within FHA land parcels must submit all relevant documents and approvals for the production of documents. I will,” he said.

Source: guardian.ng

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