The Department of Development Control of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned all the communities within the city centre to desist from encroaching on water board channels.
This warning came when the Director Department of Development control, Mr Murktar Galadima, represented by Mr. Umoru Alilu, led a team on sensitisation campaign to Gishiri community, in Katampe District of Abuja.
Mr. Murktari Galadima, said a number of water channels have been blocked by the people, who build indiscriminately in the area.
Mr Galadima warned that the department had marked out the illegal structures even as he vowed that nobody involved in the ongoing illegal development of structures on the water ways and on plots of land officially belonging to allottees, would be spared.
He stressed that the sensitisation and consultation with the chiefs and community leaders was the administration’s policy of ensuring that all stakeholders were carried along in making decisions on issues that impede development in the nation’s capital.
According to him, there were original allottees in the area who cannot access their plots because of the activities of illegal developers.
He added that the department of development control would soon mobilise to remove the illegal structures, after due consultation and sensitisation.
He said: “We are here because of the issue of encroachment on allocated lands and layout and people who build illegal structures on water board channels.