About 103 college students of the University of Abuja staying off campus at Iddo Sarki alongside Airport Road, Abuja, have been displaced following a demolition train carried out by the Development Control of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) within the space.
According to Daily Trust, Iddo Sarki neighborhood harbours the most important variety of college students of the college and is about 130 metres away from the everlasting website of the establishment.
It was learnt that the demolition train was led by a mixed group of the Department of Development Control, FCT ministerial committee on metropolis sanitation and Department of State Service (DSS).
A 200-level scholar, Samuel Ebuka, who was one of many affected college students, stated he and his course mate contributed N80,000 every to lease an residence locally.
He stated, “I was at the main campus on Saturday when my roommate called me that there was demolition going on, so I rushed to join him to move our belongings out of the house.”
He stated he couldn’t afford to pay N120,000 for a mattress area on the principal campus and so determined to hitch along with his colleague to lease a single room.
Another scholar affected by the demolition, Felicia Abraham, stated, “Thank God, I was at home when they started the demolition, so I quickly moved my belongings out of the house to one of my course mates who is also renting in the village cause her apartment was not affected.”
Miss Abraham claimed that she was compelled to remain off campus due to the stiff competitors in buying a mattress area within the hostel.
It was additionally reported that some newly accomplished self-contained homes have been demolished through the train.
The Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attach, whereas reacting in regards to the demolition, stated the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, was enraged by individuals’s repeated disregard for warnings to steer clear of native chiefs that had no authority to promote land or switch any legitimate title to patrons of land.
He stated the demolition train was a quick intervention to keep away from additional distorting the town’s progress plans and to save lots of determined enterprise women and men from monetary break.
Also, the performing Director of Development Control, Garba Kwakur, stated the land on which the unlawful growth was ongoing had been allotted to the Nigerian Navy.
Kwakur stated, “All the affected areas at Iddo Sarki have been allocated to the Nigerian Navy and they have been complaining about illegal building of structures there. We had gone there several times and sensitised the residents to stop illegal building of houses but they refused and the FCT Administration is not happy with the structures some people are erecting there. We marked the illegal buildings several times and they used paint to clean it off.”
The spokesman of UniAbuja, Habib Yakub, stated the problem of inadequate hostel lodging was not peculiar to the establishment.
He stated, “Even though I am not aware of this issue of demolition exercise at Iddo Sarki you are talking about, but the issue of shortage of hostel accommodation is not peculiar to University of Abuja.”