FCTA left politicians’ houses, demolished ours, residents allege
Some residents of Iddo Sabo in the Federal Capital Territory, on Wednesday, accused the FCT Administration of being selective in the ongoing demolition of so-called illegal structures.
The residents alleged that some structures owned by influential people in the community were being spared by the FCT Ministerial Task Team on City Sanitation.
The FCT Administration had last month demolished illegal structures at Iddo Sarki and Sabo Iddo near the University of Abuja’s permanent site.
However, the aggrieved residents, while speaking to journalists, accused the minister of being partial.
A resident of the area, Samuel Amalu, said he was not notified when his structure was demolished, adding that the committee spared a building owned by a politician.
He stated, “I came here two years ago. I bought the land from a local chief and we were not told that they were coming for demolition. I cried when my house was brought down, but I later stopped crying because doing that will not solve the problem.
“The house left here belongs to the Chairman of PDP, and he said they couldn’t touch his house. Leaving his house and demolishing others is not fair.”
Another resident, Mrs Funmi Apollos, said the special treatment given to influential persons while demolishing structures to the poor was unfair.
Apollos said, “The minister is unfair to the poor. Why will the rich living in the same community where you demolished be spared?
“It is as good as saying the exercise is targeted at the poor. Is it a crime to be poor? We are not going to take this from the minister. We are going to give this all that we have. The right thing must be done.”
Reacting, the Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, denied the allegation, saying that the clean-up was being carried out in phases.
Attah said, “I think it is completely unfair for anyone to accuse the FCT minister of being biased or partial. This is not the case at all. It is all about policy with a human face, which we recognise here.
“The day we went to Iddo Sabo, we tried as much as possible to understand the people.