FCT Administration has vowed to revoke its 2006 sales agreement entered with some beneficiaries of government-owned residences, following their non-compliance to parts of the agreement.
Part of the sales agreement requires the “owner-occupiers” to carry out periodic renovations and decoration of the buildings sold to them by the Federal Government in 2006/2007. The FCT Department of Development Control
however claims the affected premises have been left unattended and dilapidated due to years of negligence.
The Administration yesterday dragged over 500 residents around the Area 1 area of Garki, before an FCT Mobile Court for flaunting the abatement notice issued them by the FCT Department of Development Control since July 2021.
Earlier in his presentation, the Prosecuting Counsel, Udeme Umana, said the occupants had been issued an abatement notice to renovate and redecorate their entire block premises as well as remove of illegal structures and repairs all soiled pipes and sewage, 21 days from the date of issuance of a notice served on 13th July 2021.
He noted that the offence contravenes Section 17, Subsection 1A and B, Paragraph 8, and Section 35, Subsection 1 paragraph 2, of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board
AEPB Act, 1997.
“The defendants have been found guilty of failing to comply with the notice that was served on them to redecorate the building and take care of the soiled pipes on their building and then remove the illegal structures.
“They have admitted that they are guilty and the court has sentenced them and because of the admission of guilt, the court has been lenient on them and sentenced them to pay a fine of N20,000 each.
“The Court has also given them three weeks to comply with that notice and if they fail at the expiration of that three weeks the court may give them a severe penalty than what it has given now.”
The Presiding Judge of the court, Magistrate Abdullahi Ilela, had found the defendats guilty of street liability offence and
fined them N20,000 each.
Reacting to the judgement, the Director of the FCT Department of Development Control, Tpl. Garba Kwamkur, said the department was forced to drag the occupants to court after series of notices and meetings held with the residents urging them to repaint their premises as prescribed in the sales agreement.
He said the department may have no choice but to write to the Minister to revoke the sales agreement and reallocate to developers willing to properly maintain the properties.
According to the director, “Most of these houses were sold as government houses, to civil servants and those occupying it. Within the contract terms of sale agreement, they were supposed to keep these houses in good condition.
“They should’nt be any form of commercial activities within the residential area. As you can see, the environment is very dirty and filthy. We have served them a lot of contravention notices over time for them to keep these houses in good condition but they have failed. We even called them for a meeting to tell them the standard to which the houses should be kept. As you can see, all our advises to them have fell on deaf ears. That’s why we approached the court.
“In the event that the do not honour the court rulings, our next line of action would be to write to the FCT Minister that most of the occupants of these houses are not keeping to the terms and condition of those houses, and he may wish to revoke the sell agreement and then these houses can be auctioned to any serious developer or any serious citizen who is ready to keep it in line with the Abuja standards.
“If they fail us, I tell you, we don’t have any other choice than to write to the minister to revoke that sales agreement,” he threatened.