FCTA begins audit of structures for satellite towns in Abuja , lifts ban on building plan approval.


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has initiated a comprehensive post-development audit of satellite towns in Abuja, aimed at creating an efficient database for sustainable city development. Mukhtar Galadima, the Director of Development Control at FCTA, announced the commencement of this exercise in Dawaki Satellite town. The audit focuses on buildings developed both with and without proper approvals, marking the resumption of processing and granting of building plan approvals in Abuja satellite towns.

Galadima explained that the audit would cover numerous satellite towns including Gwagwalada, Kuje, Karshi, Bwari, and Abaji. The methodology involves dividing the towns into clusters with assigned staff responsible for specific clusters. Property owners are expected to submit necessary information and documents within 21 days, after which appropriate actions will be taken according to existing laws.

The Director emphasized the critical nature of the audit in creating a comprehensive database of developments in the city. This data is vital for planning and providing essential services. Furthermore, the audit contributes to research on the development process of a new capital city and ultimately enhances the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the city.

In a related development, the Development Control team visited the site of a recently demolished scavengers’ colony along the road corridor that cuts across Mabushi, Jahi, and Kado Districts. The Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, had directed the demolition of the colony due to recurring security concerns. Additionally, trees covering about two kilometers in the area were cleared, and the scavengers were dislodged. The FCTA is currently taking inventory of all plots around the road corridor to engage with their owners and ensure proper land usage and development in the region. Property owners in the affected areas expressed satisfaction with the FCTA’s efforts, emphasizing the positive impact on the community.

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