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Abuja Master Plan Almost Completed – Official

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By Salisu Sani-Idris

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) claims to have achieved 60% success in implementing the Abuja master plan despite some challenges.

Mr. Garba Kwamkur, the acting director of the FCTA’s Development Control Department, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Thursday in Abuja.

Kwamkur, who said the FCTA has performed very well in terms of implementing the Abuja master plan, added that many African countries have not reached the level of development that Abuja has achieved.

According to him, apart from the Presidential Lodge, Wuse Market and the Cathedral of the Catholic Church, nothing had been distorted in the master plan.

He said the master plan was conceived in 1996, when the federal military government deemed it wise to move the capital of Lagos to a neutral and pristine location that can accommodate many people, especially government officials.

“And relatively, I can say that the design of the Abuja master plan has been at least 60 percent completed.

“As you know in all human endeavors, there are no plans that are followed 100% because during construction you find out that the human way of life is changing and therefore you have to work around it. ”

Kwamkur said Abuja’s central market was supposed to be located at the current location of the World Trade Center building, as the mall was to be used as a modern place of commerce.

“But for us, especially in Africa, you know the market has to do with bending, picking what you want and so on, so that’s where the central market was supposed to be.

“Another change that I remember again is the Catholic Church where you have the American, British and Brazilian embassies.

“The Catholic Church was supposed to have the cathedral there, but the cathedral was moved somewhere in the papal land of Kubwa.

“The Catholic Church said that the land allocated to them was small and that it could not accommodate the cathedral and they put forward very serious reasons as to why they needed more space, so they moved to Kubwa.

The director said building types have also been changed in the central area, for example where the NNPC towers are currently located.

“This was how most of the structures in the core area were meant to be; you have big buildings in four parts and then you have the courtyard in the center and so if you end up shopping in one of the towers you can go down for a coffee or something like that.

He said that the design of the buildings in the central area had been changed because the initial design could only be built by organizations such as NNPC, Central Bank of Nigeria, etc.

“But back then the zone was designed to allow multinationals like UTC and Kingsway that had businesses in Nigeria to build these kinds of towers, but now we find out that most of those multinationals have left Nigeria.

“Most of the plots in the central area have been fragmented into smaller buildings to encourage the rapid development of buildings where people can easily do their business, but you see even with that, I think the economic downturn in the country didn’t didn’t help matters. ”

“The other parts where we’re supposed to have real malls, cinemas, nightlife and all that stuff, you find out that at night Abuja is quiet because the people who have been allocated plots in those areas don’t did not have the financial capacity to build them. kind of structures.

“So in that aspect, the Abuja master plan hasn’t done much,” he said.

Kwamkur said many foreigners acknowledged that FCTA has been very successful in developing the city, adding that “Abuja is as beautiful as any other capital in the world.”

He therefore advised developers to always consult the development control service when developing their land to avoid contravening the master plan.

He noted that the plan was supposed to be revised after 25 years, adding that efforts were underway to adapt to some changes due to technological advancements.

However, the Association of Adkan Residents‘ Estate, Gwarinpa II, Abuja, criticized the distortion of the estate’s plan as its original plan was residential.

In light of this, residents urged the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to retain the estate’s original design.

Mr. Kabir Akanbi, the president of the association, had recently, during a press conference, informed the public of the problems encountered by the inhabitants in recent times.

Akanbi, however, alleged that the FHA had started selling parts of the estate that were intended for recreation facilities for residents for commercial purposes.

“The estate was to be a district center intended to meet the various needs necessary for a sustainable society.

“The area was to house, among other things, a recreation center, a police station, a market and religious centers,” he said.

According to him, some areas are also marked and designated as green spaces. These were intended to complement the aesthetics of the estate.

“As one of the first estates, Adkan Estate was built according to this plan.

“However, the prospect of residents benefiting from these utilities was curtailed as the FHA decided to sell the land in the central district for commercial purposes.

“This naturally led to incidences of insecurity, in particular cases of increasing theft within the domain and with the traffic left unmanned; there have been a number of cases of children being hit by vehicles, ” Akanbi said.

Akani said the locations the FHA is in the process of acquiring include the service roads that run from CITEC Villas to Sixth Avenue in Gwarinpa.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) recalls that the association once took the FHA to court for what it alleged was illegal land grabbing.

However, Mr. Kenneth Chigelu, of the FHA’s Public Relations Unit, said the authority disassociated itself from the alleged social media sales of land in the city’s Adkan Model area.

He described the sale as a scam and not by the Federal Housing Authority or any of its agents, saying the general public was urged to beware. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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