Abuja flood: Faulty developers to fund demolition of own buildings
Developers found guilty of violating the land use of any area in Abuja, may have to start paying for the cost of demolishing their own properties, as the Administration has threatened to begin implementation of environmental laws which stipulates financial penalties on offenders.
The Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, (AMMC), Tpl. Shuaibu Umar, who disclosed this while briefing reporters at the weekend, said the measure has become necessary following the numerous abuse of building regulations as well as town planning violations.
Umar, who also blamed erring developers for the rate of flooding witnessed in Abuja in recent times, said most of the flood disasters in recorded in Abuja results from buildings erected on flood plains.
The FCT has in recent times been inundated with reports of flooding around Lokogoma, Trademore Estate, Lugbe, among another communities, with number of lives and property lost to flash flooding.
The AMMC coordinator, while answering questions from reporters, said when implemented, the development will save government huge cost of logistics and also serve as deterrent to recalcitrant developers.
In his words: “We have a provision in the Urban and Regional Planning Law as well as provisions in the environmental law that establish the Abuja Environmental Protection Board which allows for prosecution of developers that violate building requirements and regulations.