Over 150 children have been rendered homeless after the Development Control Department (DCD), a unit under the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) demolished an orphanage in Kubwa, a suburban in Abuja.
The Director of DCD, Muktah Galadima, said the demolition was in a compliance with a court order in favour of one of the parties in dispute over the land, while also adding that the property completely failed to comply with development control requirements in the nation’s capital
He also accused the owner, Mrs Victoria Nkiruka Ezemoka of breach of regulations and for developing the property in disregard of several stop-work and other notices served on the property, which also included a demand for the production of title document for the property.
“When we received this complaint of encroachment, we visited the site and served all the relevant notices beginning from stop-work notice, quit notice to demolition notice, in line with our responsibility of ensuring strict implementation of the Abuja Master Plan.
“She did not submit any title document about the disputed property. If she had submitted, we would have put her title document together with that of the complainant (Godfrey Ezemoka) and sent it to the Department of Lands Administration to confirm who the rightful owner of the land was or is, because there are three plots she is sitting on. The issuing authority would now write us formally confirming the real owner of the land,” Galadima told journalists yesterday.
The director also indicated the readiness of the department to provide accommodation for the homeless children to ease their accommodation burden for the time being.
The age of the affected children varies from between one month to 18 years.