The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has decried the ‘monumental’ distortion of the Abuja Masterplan, resulting in seemingly endless chaotic traffic, building mishaps and flooding situations bedevilling the city.
FCDA Executive Secretary Umar Gambo Jibrin blamed the distortion of the Abuja Master plan on attitudinal, and less of professional disposition of citizens to the development of the city.
Jibrin, who spoke during a courtesy visit to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria ( COREN), noted that Abuja, as creation of the law, as stipulated by decree 6 of 1976, clearly specified things must be done in conformity with the Masterplan uniquely designed for FCT particularly the Federal Capital City (FCC).
He, however, warned that FCDA is ready to not just demolish but to make such that every activity in the FCC in particular and the Territory at large is done in conformity to the Abuja Master Plan.
“FCT has Master Plan, so everything you do in FCT particular the federal capital city has to be in conformity with that master plan and we have that responsibility to make sure that whatever on the ground in city conforms to that master plan.
“Like I said, you have a master plan that specifies how you do things, but the moment you deviate, that alone is an indication that there will be a failure in whatever you want to do.
“The numerous vices that we have in the city, largely they are not failures on the part of the services that are delivered by the professionals, it has to do more with our own attitudes as citizens. It is not because the infrastructure is not good.
Abuja is still a construction site and we must stick to its grand framework to avoid future demolition of houses.