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Palpable tension enveloped residents of Mpape community on Wednesday when FCTA bulldozers demolished about 200 roadside shanties, containers, and other illegal structures said to be obstructing the free flow of traffic in the area.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration said the demolition, coming as thorough sanitation, was requested by residents and landlords who had made passionate appeals to the Minister, to save them from the traffic gridlock that has made life unbearable in the area.
Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah said that Mpape Residents and Landlords Association six months ago begged the Minister to come to their aid, as illegal commercial activities have taken over the road corridors.
Attah noted that the sanitation and demolition was long  overdue, and it was targeted at roadside shanties and other unapproved buildings causing obstruction along the road
” Mpape demolition is requested by the residents and landlords who came to FCTA, requesting the Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello to come and clear the road corridors.
” So what we are doing is in line with the request of the people who want the road corridors to be reclaimed so that there will be ease of movement.  As a responsible government, we responded to the cries of the people.
” We gave them enough notice, but many of them were basking in the euphoria that nobody can clear Mpape.
” One of the residents that have lived in Mpape for over 20 years has confessed that people can now breathe in the fresh road, because of the widened road “.
Also speaking, the secretary of command and control FCTA, Mr Peter Olumuji,  said that many of the shanties and the demolition of the illegal structures were being occupied by criminal elements.
Olumuji noted that over time, reports have shown that criminal activities were on the increase in Mpape, because of so many shanties providing covers for them.
He said, this part of Mpape harbors the highest numbers of criminal elements and a lot of criminal activities which the residents have been complaining about.
” What the FCTA is doing here today is to ensure that the mandate of securing the city is carried out”.


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