Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The permanent secretary in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. ChinyeakaOhaa who issued the warning while flagging off the 2019 assessment of flood prone areas in FCT area councils remarked that flooding often starts from man-made activities that block natural waterways.
Ohaa, who blamed the reoccurring flooding incidents in the FCT on the attitude of residents, condemned the activities of estate developers who deliberately disregard provisions of the master plan and build houses on flood plains and natural river channels.
He warned against further violation of laid down environmental and development laws in the FCT, saying that the FCTA will not relent on its responsibility to remove houses built on waterways.
Ohaa said that potential buyers or renters of properties in the FCT should always carry out due diligent investigations and find out from the relevant authorities in the FCTA if the developers had met the master plan requirements before taking possession of properties.