Regulatory policy

FCTA demolishes Abuja garden and sues operator

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration (FCTA) has demolished Spotlight Garden Events and Recreation in Wuye District of Abuja for what it described as a gross violation of the park’s closing time of ne not operate after 7 p.m.

Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) Coordinator Umar Shuaibu, who led the demolition team, explained that there was no turning back on the enforcement of the closing time of the parks at 7 p.m. in Abuja.

Shuaibu revealed that the assignee and operator of the garden would be prosecuted for violating the regulations, which resulted in the death of an innocent citizen.

“Just last week, at a park called Spotlight Garden Events and Recreation in Wuye District, the operator flagrantly violated our closing time regulations by operating past 7 p.m.

“It attracted the activity of armed thugs who shot a valiant security guard in cold blood. It could have been avoided if they had complied with our regulations,” he said.

Shuaibu also revealed that the park operator had already been arrested, adding that the park’s booth allocation was revoked and the site would be immediately reclaimed by the FCT administration.

He said this would serve as a warning to all park beneficiaries and operators who see fit to arrogantly violate established rules and regulations.

The coordinator explained that the application of the 7 p.m. closing time for parks and gardens was necessitated by security problems and public disturbances resulting from the activities of the parks at night.

He lamented that most FCT parks are not operating in accordance with the park policy they have agreed to abide by, adding that 82% of the total land allocated to each park must be devoted to greening.

Shuaibu added that only 18% of the land was for causeway, saying unfortunately most park operators change it for an entirely different purpose.

The coordinator said the FCT administration has hired many park operators and violators of other land use regulations in the federal capital.

“In particular, the district of Lungi Crescent Wuse II. Several formal notices were served on the beneficiaries concerned. However, some are reluctant. This will never be acceptable to the administration.

“Appropriate stern action, including revocation, will be linked to these allocations. Park owners should remember that at the time of applying for gardens they received a copy of the Official Journal of Parks and Gardens Operations, which they accepted, but decided not to abide by.

“It is not accepted, the FCT administration vehemently condemns the flagrant violation and stands ready to prosecute and prosecute the violator,” Shuaibu said.