FCDA set to demolish multi-billion Naira Saraha estate in Abuja

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Saraha Estate, Abuja

Saraha Estate, Abuja

Property owners in the Saraha Estate located at the Kafe district, Kuchibena in the Gwarimpa area of Abuja are on the verge of having their homes demolished.

The 350 units of houses in the Estate have been marked for demolition with each of housing units valued at about N200 million.

A top official in the Development Control Unit of the FCT, Mr Nathaniel Atebije has revealed that property developers who sold plots to the residents did not secure approval before developing the property.

The residents however claim they invested in the estate based on the assurances given to them by the developers and that they have approval of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

The mark of demolition is an investor’s nightmare as the common sign in the FCT where the administration does not spare anyone if the building does not comply with the master plan or is without approval.

Affected residents appeal for consideration on the ground that the problem is not because the estate does not comply with master plan but a question of irregular paperwork.

Cyril Okeke, a property owner in the lamented that “such a situation could have been avoided if the developers had done their homework four years ago.”

The CEO, Saraha Homes Alhaji Kabiru Haruna, who is the estate developer, explained that the problem arose from changes in the FCTA that led to the revocation of initial approvals after they had commenced development in the area.

As it stands now the only way this estate can be saved is with the regularization of approval documents otherwise, billions of Naira will go down the drain.

This whole episode calls for caution on the part of developers to secure approval from the relevant bodies before selling off plots.

Aspiring property owners also need to be thorough with details before parting with hard earned money.


In : Abuja

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