Barely six days after seven people were burnt to death by a kerosene explosion in Kubwa village, the Federal Capital Administration (FCTA) has demolished about 100 illegal shops built around the market. The demolition exercise, carried out by the Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, was said to have been initiated to correct contraventions that have constituted environmental nuisances.
Chairman of the committee, Ikharo Attah, said the FCT Ministers, Malam Muhammad Bello and Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, were not happy with the continued contraventions in the area and have directed that the clean-up exercise be carried out to prevent further life and safety-threatening incidents. Attah said even the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, has reiterated his commitment of providing security backup for every operation targeted at tackling illegalities and criminalities within the nation’s capital.
Attah, who expressed dismay that residents and traders have continued to violate the city’s developmental blueprint leading to deaths of innocent people, also said that the illegal shops were built directly under electricity high tension installations, while many were used to block access roads, making it difficult for rescue operations, in an event of fire emergency.
He said: “We have always been on this road axis for the past three years, trying to clean it up and we have always had intense problems. We have cleared the road to the market, which was blocked for about six years. “But in the aftermath of the fire incident wherein about seven persons lost their lives , we had no option than to do what we believe is the right thing. We have given notices for people to quit the illegal shops. “Even the very shop where the explosion happened, we had removed that tank. We will remove all the illegal shops, because the community has been blocked.”