The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Mr. Reuben Okoya, has condemned the attitude of some property owners in the Federal Capital Territory who embark on renovation works on their property without obtaining approvals from the Department of Development Control.
The Head, Public Relations of AMMC, Mr. Ifeanyi Ughamadu, in a statement said Okoya, who spoke during the AMMC management joint site inspection which took the team to various parts of the city, pointed out that it was illegal for developers to carry out improvement works on existing buildings without permission.
He directed the owner of plots 23 and 78 Abidjan Street, Zone 3, in Wuse District, who embarked on unauthorised improvement works on the two property to restore the buildings to the approved plans.
He reminded developers, who were granted building plan approvals, that they were expected to commence and complete developments on their buildings within two years as contained in the conveyance of building plan approval granted them by the DDC.
The coordinator also stated that where any developer failed to conclude development on the building within two years, he would be expected to re-submit the approval for revalidation, emphasising that it was wrong for developers to continue to embark on development at the expiration of two years mandatory period of completion.
Okoya directed owners of property under construction as well as park developers to always leave a copy of the approvals granted them by the DDC at the site at all times. This, according to him, will facilitate a cordial working relationship between the developers and officials of the AMMC during their routine monitoring visits to the sites.
Ughamadu added that the joint site monitoring exercise, which involved all the technical departments of the AMMC, had taken the team to the Central Business District and Wuse 1 District and will cover all districts in the city.