University of Abuja (UniAbuja) said it has secured the commitment of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to use its institutions to evict people that had encroached its land.
The University spokesman, Habib Yakoob, in statement said the commitment was secured when UniAbuja management led by the Vice Chancellor, Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, visited the Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, in Abuja.
Few months ago, UniAbuja Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, raised alarm that trespassers who are mostly Abuja indigenes have entered its land, selling part of it to people and occupying some portions, illegally.
Also, he alleged that bandits have began to find comfort in some yet to be utilized portions of the University land, thus calling for the intervention of the FCT administration.
Prof. Na’Allah, however, informed the Minister that the essence of the visit was to solicit his cooperation to end the encroachment and recover the University land.
He said: “We need the assistance of the Department of Development Control to demolish illegal structures already marked for demolition without action. We also need the cooperation of the Minister to reclaim the University land from further encroachment in whatever way it can assist, including resettlement of legitimate and yet to be resettled natives.
“As the University intends to embark on zero tolerant to illegal settlement campaign, we solicit the cooperation and understanding of the FCT Administration, the Development Control and the FCT Police Command in ensuring a hitch-free exercise .”
Prof. Na’Allah, also appealed to the Minister to assist in the provision of basic infrastructure such as rehabilitation of the road and drainage networks in its Giri staff quarters and Main campuse as well as provision of street lights that would light up the University.
The Minister, in his remarks, promised to help the school recover its land from encroachers using the agencies of the FCT Administration.
Bello said that since the FCT Administration had set up a technical team to frontally confront the challenges of encroachment in the University, his administration would work out achievable goals to carry out the assignment.
He said: “We had before now marked some points for demolition. What we will do now is to revisit them, work with relevant departments and units including town planning and carry out the exercise in line with the Abuja Master Plan.”
Bello said he would soon pay a visit to the University to physically assess the structures and developments on the campuses.