FHA warns land grabbers, encroachers to prepare for a showdown

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The Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority FHA, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, has warned land grabbers and encroachers on its lands to prepare for a showdown.

Senator Ashafa handed down the warning while on inspection of Federal Housing Authority, FHA, estate, extension site in Lugbe, Abuja on Thursday along with the Minsiter of state, Works and Housing, Alhaji Umar El-Yakubu.

The FHA Managing Director said the 190 hectares of land had been reduced to 160 hectares by encroachers, saying the community would be compensated as and when due before final evacuation.

He promised to ensure that the Lugbe extension of FHA estate becomes realistic, stressing the need to avoid continuous encroachment.

Senator Ashafa maintained that the FHA was in synergy with the FCDA to discourage continuous encroachement by illegal and unlawful occupants on its land who had taken advantage of the situations.

The Minister of State, Works and Housing, Alhaji Umar El-Yakubu expressed dissatisfaction with the presence of both temporary and make shift buildings around the new extension, saying all hands must be on deck to discourage further encroachment.

He commended Senator Ashafa on the ongoing enumeration of both legal and illegal occupants on the new extension.

He expressed reservation on the lack of utilisation of lands allocated, saying the present administration was ever ready to open up the hinterland in line with its concepts of providing housing for all.

The Minister urged residents not to take laws into their hands, saying the FHA would embark on massive demolition in the area, advising the public to steer clear of government property.

El-Yakubu also warned those planning to erect illegal structures to desist henceforth, saying any unlawful development would not be compensated by the government.

The PPP work arrangements, according to the project Manager, Okpanachi Peter, would begin on the site before the year ran out, to discourage illegal occupants.

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