DEMOLITION OF ESTATES IN ABUJA
The Federal Capital Territory Administration’s department of development control had on 28th of September demolished about 500 housing units in Minanuels Estate in Lugbe Abuja.
Despite the public outcry and wide condemnation the demolition has received, FCTA has threatened to demolish more estates in Abuja especially in the Lugbe districts.
According to an unconfirmed source, the some of the estate the FCTA is planning to demolish include; Trademore Estate, Sabon Lugbe; Civil Defence/Defenders Estate Sabon Lugbe; RCCG Estates; Sites A, B, C and D belonging to the Redeemed Christian Church of God; and Goshen Estate 1 and 2, belonging to Living Faith Church (AKA Winners Chapel) located in Pyakasa as well as NEPA Cooperative Estate in Lugbe CRD.
Also in the list are Lento Estate, Pyakasa; Pent House Estate, Sabon Lugbe; Grenland Estate, Kyami; Doctor’s Court Estate, Sabon Lugbe; Isvin Estate, Kyami; Ejima Group Estate, Kyami; Good Heart Grup Estate, Lugbe CRD; Redwood/Bidmusdruhill Estate, Kyami; and Weather Field Estate, Sabon Lugbe etc.
Some of these estates are fully developed and are being occupied for over three years. The question many are asking is why the FCTA is only remembering that these estates are 'illegal' after they have been built up.
People also wonder the rationale over demolishing estates that presently offer accommodation to thousands of Abuja residents in the town that is facing acute accommodation shortage.
Many people including from the Chairman Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi who described the demolitions and threats of demolition as madness.