ASIYA Umar Adam
The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority has clarified that 160 houses were removed at Grace Land, Sabon Gari, Zaria.
The Authority was reacting to rumours being circulated in social media which have been quoting conflicting numbers of the structures that were removed during the exercise.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Executive of the Authority, Nuhu Garba said that the entire Grace Land have a total of 395.5 hectares of which 337 hectares will be regularized.
Garba said that the 160 buildings which were removed, were located at the rest 58.5 hectares.
The removal exercise was done after the expiration of twenty four hours notice was served on the owners of the property.
The area where the removal exercise was undertaken falls within the area where demolition notices were issued in 2011, 2014 and 2020.
Garba further recalled that a complaint was made by the Nigerian College of Aviation (NCAT), Zaria on the encroached of their land since 2011.
The encroachment after complain by the NCAT to Kaduna State Government prevented the management from expanding and fencing the school.
“In view of this, and in line with the State Government’s Urban Renewal Initiative and in the compliance with High Court Order of Zaria Division, the Authority removed the unapproved developments between Sunday to Monday, 3_4/10/2021” Garba Said
The Authority thanked the general public, especially residents of the area for their understanding and co-operation.
ASIYA Umar Adam