The Federal Capital Territory FCT Administration has vowed to punish land grabbers in the territory, especially those who encroached on the parcel of land allocated to the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board MPWB in Gwagwalada Area Council. Minister of State in the FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu who made the pledge when the Director, Malam Mohammed Nasiru Danmallam and other management staff of the Board took her round the disputed areas, also described the encroachment as an act lawlessness that should not go unpunished. Aliyu revealed that the essence of citing the pilgrims board in Gwagwalada was to decongest the city centre, in order to bring development to the satellite towns, and to also encourage other activities in rural communities as enshrined in the Abuja Master Plan. “When did this place become residential?
All these property must be pulled down and that is the truth. This is the peak of lawlessness and it is not acceptable. “This property is for the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and the Hajj Camp, hopefully the 2020 hajj operations will take place here. This is disheartening.
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“Everybody sees any land, and just moves in to construct or plant something, and the next thing they are asking for is compensation. That has become the order of the day, and a means of livelihood. In fact, they should be made to pay for damages. With this, I think lawlessness will stop in FCT. Land belongs to federal government and it belongs also to the FCT Administration, and you must keep off”, she warned.
SOURCES: VANGUARD NEWSPAPER
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