Experts advocate for a review of Abuja’s masterplan

Growth and development in Nigerian urban areas had been generally unplanned and haphazard, adding to the  failure of government to provide basic infrastructure, plan for imminent growth and expansion, implement development plans and enforce development control, says a group of experts at a recent conference in Abuja. This was part of their call to have the original plan of Abuja to be re-instated to avoid further chaos in the city. Numerous cases of violations and distortions of the Master Plan abound in the city and its surrounding regions, and experts fear this will impact negatively on the city’s sustainable development.

Unless urgent steps are taken to facilitate resettlement of indigenous population to curb menace of illegal sale and, or speculation of land by the traditional land owing families, Nigeria’s administrative hub, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may soon become a slum, capable of promoting social and security risk.

But to avert the perceived anomaly, professionals last week called on the Federal Government to as a matter of necessity undertake a total overhaul of Abuja Master Plan, saying the feat is long overdue.

They spoke at a day Summit and Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme held at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre Abuja jointly organised by the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV)’s Faculty of Land Administration & Informa-tion Systems, and Abuja Branch.

Though, the professionals’ call was for the Federal Government to ensure the original city plan of Abuja, which they said is already being defeated is restored, they all lamented that growth and development in Nigerian urban areas had been generally unplanned and haphazard, adding the unfortunate scenario could be attributed to the failure of government to provide basic infrastructure, plan for imminent growth and expansion, implement development plans conscientiously, and enforce development control, the result of which is having much effect on the Abuja settlements.

According to them the growth and development of Abuja city has evidently not been in conformity with the city’s Master Plan. Numerous cases of violations and distortions of the Master Plan abound in the city and its surrounding regions, potent to distort the city’s sustainable development.

Abuja – the seat of the Federal government is a planned modern city located near the center of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), and is approximately 360 meters above sea level. The FCT is a component of the 36 states and one territory that makes up the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s administrative system. About 845 villages were displaced to make way for the FCT.

 

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