Tears Flow Freely As FCDA Bulldozers Rumble In Kubwa

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By McPATRICK MICHAEL LINUS, Abuja

One of the demolished building
One of the demolished building

Residents of Gbazango, Biaji, 2:1, 2:2 and some other areas of Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, will not forget June 2015 in a hurry. Although many of them must have wished fellow residents a happy new month when June rolled in, it was never going to be. This is because for the first two weeks of that month, one could say without any fear of contradiction that bulldozers sent by the Federal Capital Development Authorities (FCDA) virtually staked out Kubwa for intermittent demolition exercises that saw many hitherto standing buildings reduced into rubbles.
The Dream Daily was right on the scene during one of such days when the bulldozers were very active, pulling down one structure after the other. Residential buildings, provisions stores, traders shops, even worship centres, all deemed illegal were pulled down by the FCDA officials, who decline do speak with the media as the bulldozers rumbled on, tirelessly.
Another structure pulled down by the FCDA officials in Kubwa
Another structure pulled down by the FCDA officials in Kubwa

Palpable shock was on the faces of residents as FCDA officials and armed security supervised the demolition and kept all at bay. It was particularly heart-rending to see the FCDA security men thwart desperate efforts by residents to save some of their property as the bulldozers get to work. In the end, all what traders and residents could do was stand aside and watch their property and goods being destroyed from a distance, in complete shock. In the aftermath, they were left to gather what was left, even as scavengers invade the area to pick things from the rubbles.
Yet another building sent crashing down by the bulldozers
Yet another building sent crashing down by the bulldozers

As usual, the victims of this latest demolition exercise in Kubwa claimed to not have been duly informed or served any form of notice before the action was taken. “Normally, quit notice is served weeks or months before such operations are embarked upon as seen in other districts across the FCT. Why that of Kubwa is different can only be explained by the authority,” a pregnant woman who did not want her name in print told The Dream Daily.
Mrs. Martina Bello, a housewife, lost her only means of livelihood – a provisions shop – to the FCDA bulldozers. It was pulled down completely while she went to pick her son from school. To her, Monday the June 15, has gone down as one of the worst days of her life.
A fuming Mrs. Bello told The Dream Daily: “What does this government expect me to do after leaving me jobless for years? Do they expect me to steal to survive? I applied for immigration job last year, I was not only denied after they extorted N1,000 from us, with additional N1,000 during registration. I almost lost my life in the process as my friends and colleagues who were not lucky enough did. As a UK graduate of computer science, am I supposed to be engaged in petty trade like these if not for a failed system?”
Another demolished building in Kubwa
Another demolished building in Kubwa


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