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After last week’s flooding that claimed a family of five in Giri-Kpasere, along Airport Road, in Gwagwalada Area Council, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Monday commenced demolition of about 102 houses built along water channels in the area.
FCT Department of Development Control said the illegal houses had been marked more than one year ago, and that government had given the residents enough time to move out of the flood prone areas.
Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Department of the Department Control, Garba Kwamkur, said government could not spare the houses anymore, following the recent forecast of more rains and consequential flooding that will affect the area.
Kwamkur noted the community is part of the land covering about 260 hectares allocated within the Abuja Master Plan for the development of the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, but some indigenous people and other squatters are staying there temporarily.