The Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority, FHA, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has warned land grabbers and encroachment on its lands to prepare for a showdown.
Senator Ashafa handed down the warning while on inspection of Federal Housing Authority, FHA, estate, extension site in Lugbe, Abuja on Thursday along with the Minister of state, Works and Housing, Alhaji Umar El-Yakubu.
The FHA Managing Director said the 190 hectares of land had been reduced to 160 hectares by encroachment, saying the community will be compensated as at when due before final evacuation.
He promised to ensure the Lugbe extension of FHA estate becomes realistic, stressing the need to avoid continuous encroachment.
Senator Ashafa maintained that the FHA was in synergy with the FCDA to discourage continuous encroachment by illegal and unlawful occupants on its land who had taking advantage of the situations.
The Minister of State, Works and Housing, Alhaji Umar El-Yakubu expressed dissatisfaction with the presence of both temporary and make shift buildings around the new extension, saying all hands must be on deck to discourage further encroachment.
He commended Senator Ashafa on the ongoing enumeration of both legal and illegal occupants on the new extension.
He expressed reservation on the lack of utilisation of lands allocated , saying the present administration is ever ready to open up the hinterland in line with it’s concepts to provide housing for all.
The Minister urged residents not to take laws into their hands, saying the FHA will embark on massive demolition in the area, advising the public to steer clear of government properties.
El-Yakubu also warned those planning to erect illegal structures to desist henceforth, saying any unlawful development will not be compensated by the government.
The PPP arrangements according to the project Manager, Okpanachi Peter says work will begin on the site before the year runs out, to discourage illegal occupants.