By HENRY UMORU
ABUJA — MINISTER of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, vowed that there was no going back on planned demolition of the secretariat of the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, located on Plot 3206A, Number 4, Oyi River Crescent, off Babangida Way, Maitama, if the faction fails to adhere strictly to land use Act.
Speaking with Vanguard, Director, Development Control, Yahaya Yusuf boasted that the occupiers of the marked building must revert to the original plan of the structure of residential as against the present usage or it will be demolished. He also disclosed that the building forms part of the 202 buildings that have violated Land Use Act.
Yusuf noted that the FCTA might not demolish the structure if the factional PDP stops using it as a party secretariat, adding that converting it to a party secretariat, has violated the Abuja master plan.
Reacting yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of Baraje faction, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze dared the FCTA authorities to demolish the building and face the legal consequences. “Let them go ahead and demolish the building. We can assure them that we are going to rebuild the building with money from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We will sue them for willful destruction and they will be made to know that the building belongs to a Nigerian citizen with constitutional rights to own property in any part of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.”
Eze who noted that the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed was on an agenda to destroy President Goodluck Jonathan, stressed that under no circumstances would a cabinet minister embark on such destructive mission.
According to him, “The minister has been mandated by some forces to find a way of destroying President Jonathan and he has happily embarked on that mission.” That is why he is doing something that is not expected of him. He does not have the powers he is arrogating to himself. Bala Mohammed is confused. He is undemocratic. Such a person is not worthy of the position he presently occupies”.
The spokesman who regretted, however, that President Jonathan had failed to understand the true mission of the breakaway faction, said that if he knew, he would not be treating a political party as if it’s a personal estate.
Eze who recalled the case of the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko who was suspended from the PDP simply because he did not pick the telephone call of the PDP chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, however pointed out that Governor Rotimi Amaechi was suspended from the party for not rescinding a decision by the Rivers Assembly suspending the executive of a local government in the state.
Also yesterday, the FCTA said that it will not be deterred in its planned demolition of an event centre owned by Senator Aisha Alhassan, Taraba North, just as it stressed that the move has no political colouration.
The Senator who owns the A-Park Gardens located close to the OAU Quarters in Maitama District in Abuja, is a loyal member of the new PDP especially against the backdrop of the lingering political quagmire in Taraba State. Senator Al Hassan however explained that she was given the permission to build the event centre, adding that she would drag the FCTA to court. The site, which she named A-Class, is located in Maitama District, Abuja.
In a statement jointly signed by the Director, Parks and Recreation, TPL Rolands Ologun and Director, Development Control, TPL Yahaya Yusuf, the FCDA said, “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to clarify that the A-Class was tolerated on the proposed Transit Way based on a signed undertaking by the operator that she would personally remove all her structures to give way for the vital Transit Way to be constructed in the overall public interest and in line with the provisions of Abuja Master Plan. This explains why she was only given a temporary permit to operate a garden there with a clear indication that the removal can be at any time with short notice without any compensation.
“Furthermore, it has been noticed with dismay that the A-Class site has been extended beyond the scope of the temporary permit through the illegal construction of full blown recreational facilities, event centre, restaurants and place of worship etc on the proposed Transit Way corridor. The act has spurred others to join in the unlawful act by setting up similar businesses on other segments of the Transit Corridor. The unlawful attitude of the operator and those of others have made it imperative for the FCT Administration, as a responsible agency, to revoke all temporary allocations on the Transit Way to clear the way for the project.
“At this point, the point should be stressed that the A-Class is not the only recreation centre on the Transit Way that was served quit notice. For instance, Leisure Park, which is directly opposite A-Class, among other non-conforming land uses, was also served the same quit notice. For the avoidance of doubt, it will be recalled that at the end of the last monthly FCTA Operational Briefing, the Hon. Minister had reiterated the determination of the Administration to enforce the provisions of the Abuja Master Plan as an ongoing process by disclosing that a total of 202 cases of land use violation had been sealed across the Federal Capital City. This shows that the quit notice is not targeted at any person or group of persons. Rather, it is part of our routine administrative processes aimed at ensuring strict compliance with the provisions of the Abuja Master Plan.
“We wish to state that there is no political motive whatsoever behind the Quit Notice. The action as stated is informed by time honoured rules and regulations guiding development of structures in the Federal Capital City and such rules are not targeted at individuals or group of persons. Nobody should therefore read political or any other parochial meanings to this administrative measure which is intended to uphold overriding public interest.
“The FCT Administration will not be deterred by unwarranted insinuations and propaganda in its determination to bequeath to Nigerians and posterity a befitting Federal Capital City.”