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FCTA demolishes illegal filling station in NASS complex

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Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday demolished illegal filling station, under construction, inside the National Assembly Complex.

Director, FCTA Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen during the demolition of an illegal private residential building inside the complex.

According to Galadima, the developer was initially allocated the land for construction of the filling station for commercial purposes, but he decided to unilaterally commence building of a residential property adjacent to the land earmarked for the station.

He further explained that, following series of complaints from the office of the National Security Adviser on security implications of siting a filling station inside such a complex, the allocation was reviewed and revoked.

The director stressed that while compensation has been paid for the property on the filling station site and land, no compensation would be paid for the adjourning residential structure which had three bulldozers, hitting it down earlier yesterday.

Galadima said: “This property you are seeing is a petrol filling station. The place was allocated to a corporate entity for the provision of a filling station within the National Assembly.

“Unfortunately, it was later on observed and reviewed as a mistake for obvious security reasons for such a facility to be situated within the Three Arms Zone.

“So after doing the necessary diligence, the Administration thought it fit to remove the structure and give way to the office of the National Security Adviser to take over the land.”

Responding to a question on why it took his department such a long time to demolish the illegal structure marked for demolition since 2015, the director explained he had to follow a lengthy procedure.

“When the Administration received correspondence regarding the obvious security implications of the facility, we had to follow due process because approval was granted for this development, so we had to assess and value the property, as well as pay compensation to the affected party.

“That is why it took us this long to remove this structure,” he said.

Speaking on many other illegal structures across the FCT, Galadima said that control of developments in the city was ongoing, “We are humans and we are not perfect. Sometimes we make mistakes, but this type of obvious one is something that should not have been done in the first place


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