The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Saturday demolished 134 houses at Apo Akpmajenya indigenous community, to pave way for the construction of a major road network in the area.
The exercise was coordinated by the FCT Task Force on City Sanitation, under the leadership of Mr Ikharo Attah.
Briefing newsmen shorty after the exercise, Malam Muktar Galadima, the Director, Department of Development Control, FCTA, explained that the community had been marked for demolition since January.
Galadima said that prior to the demolition, the FCTA, through its relevant agencies, interfaced with the inhabitants of the settlement on the need for them to vacate the area.
He said that the area fell under the corridor of the planed Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX).
He said the community fell on one of the road interchanges linking Oladipo Diya Road, which is an arterial road with the outer southern expressway.
Also, Malam Nasir Suleiman, Deputy Director, Planning and Resettlement, Department of Resettlement and Compensation, said 131 houses and 169 plots were given as compensation to the affected persons.
Suleiman said that the FCT administration had provided a plot of land for the community Chief’s house, comprehensive development and commercial plots.
He said that most of the affected individuals had already moved to Apo Resettlement Scheme quarters, adding that a few of them had yet to move.
He further explained that the policy of the Federal Capital City (FCC) was to resettle all the indigenous people affected by the demolition.