FCT Reads Riot Act To Abuja Land Owners

By Akin Akande, Abuja

For failing to develop their plots of land, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed on Thursday threatened to revoke plots of land allocated to ministries, parastatals, cooperative societies and individuals for housing projects.

He said such land owners have just three months to commence work on their land or risk revocation.

The Minister who said the FCT administration would not entertain any form of excuse from land title owners in the city for failure to commence work on their noted that keeping allocated plots undeveloped stagnates development of the nation’s capital.

He gave this warning while performing the ground breaking ceremony of Carraway Dallas District in Kugbo under the new land swap system.

Senator Mohammed emphasised that appropriate stern measures would be taken against those would fail to heed the call at the expiration of the three months grace.

His words: “I wish to announce that we are giving a three months notice to all ministries, department, agencies and cooperative societies that have been allocated lands by this or previous administration for housing development for members to commence the development of such plots of lands or risk revocation.

For avoidance of doubt, we shall take appropriate measures at the expiration of the three months. We shall no longer accept any form of excuse for non commencement of development because this amount to land freezing and it is really stagnating the development of the Federal Capital Territory because if you go to Idu and all these districts in Jabi and other places, you see portion of land that have been allocated and infrastructure and services provided and yet they are not been developed. They are further exacerbating our encroachment challenges”.

Speaking earlier, Executive Secretary Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Ismaila Adamu, said, the district development under the land swap policy is first of its kind in Nigeria that is private sector driven under which the FCT administration provides only 32 per cent of the land requirement while the private partners will provide the engineering infrastructure.

He said the Dallas district is a “250 hectares of land whose development will cost N26.2 billion consisting of 413 plots.