Gabriel Enenche —
The Director, Information & Communication of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Muhammad Hazat Sule yesterday in a statement released to the public said that in order monitor and safeguard the sanctity of the Abuja Master Plan, ensuring sanity in the development of satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory, its Executive Committee has approved the establishment of ‘FCT Regional Development Offices’ in six area councils.
He disclosed this at the 10th Meeting of the FCT EXCO chaired by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello in Gwarimpa, Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
The statement expressed dissatisfaction at the rate of disabuse of the master plan for Abuja, where he said people build ‘indiscriminately’. The establishment of the six Regional Development Offices is, therefore, expected to address this anomaly in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns of the Territory.
According to the EXCO, the new body is expected to monitor all physical developments to conform with Planning Regulations as contained in the Regional Master Plan of Abuja.
“The Planning Regulation will be enforced to prevent the springing up of squatter settlements, because the Area Councils and Satellite Towns are all integral parts of the Federal Capital Territory and must be developed in consonance with the Master Plan of Abuja”, the statement said.
The EXCO instructed the stakeholder Departments of Land Administration; Urban & Regional Planning; Survey & Mapping as well as Development Control respectively to henceforth, deploy competent officials to these Regional Offices.
While the Regional Offices are to work and liaise with their Head Offices in the City, the FCT Administration insists it won’t allow more squatter communities.
The entire land within the 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory, whether urban or regional are planned and developments in these areas will have to be in line with the physical planning as envisioned by the founding fathers of Abuja.