(Culled from: www.fct.gov.ng)

FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed yesterday lifted the embargo on allocation of residential plots by the territory’s Area Councils just as he inaugurated the reconstituted Land Use and Allocation Committee of the FCT Administration.

The reconstituted Committee is chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Administration, Engr. John Obinna Chukwu.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister said that some cadastral zones within the six Area Councils have been surveyed and demarcated to enable the Council Chairmen in conjunction with their respective Land Allocation Committees allocate residential lands to individuals.

According to Senator Mohammed, a total of 2,081 plots have been carved out for allocation within the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), 1,400 plots in Bwari Area Council, 918 in Abaji Area Council, 904 in Kuje, 804 in Gwagwalada and 634 plots in Kwali Area Council. He said that the plots were carved out based on availability within designated districts in the Area Councils.

According to him, the plots would be allocated within Orozo E12 and Ija District F06 in AMAC, Sheda District F06 in Kwali, District H01 in Abaji, Paiko G03 and Zuba L07 in Gwagwalada, Kapi and Biaji Districts in Kuje Area Council.

While reiterating that the Chairman are only allowed to allocate residential plots, he charged them to ensure that they do not exclude or unduly favour anybody on the basis of ethnic, religious, geographical or political considerations. According to him, “they should allocate to Nigerians across board” while urging them to imbibe the culture of justice and equity.

He also pointed out that additional parcels of land surveyed and demarcated in areas would be allocated by the Land Use Allocation Committee within the Councils. According to him, some of these lands would be used to compensate and resettle victims of double allocation whose cases have been established by the Committee.

In her remark, the Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide said the Area Councils have been carried along by the FCTA in terms of capacity building, project execution and policy formulation. She charged the Council chairmen not to abuse the trust which the administration has reposed in them, and tasked them to set up advisory committees made up of eminent persons from different ethnic and religious groups within their domain.

In his speech, the Chairman of FCT Land Use and Allocation Committee who is also the Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Engr. John Obinna Chukwu thanked the Minister for the confidence reposed in them. He pledged to ensure a transparent and open allocation of land and appealed to the Chairmen of the six Area Councils to make the task of his Committee easier through cooperation. He urged them to remain focused despite expected pressure on them from people seeking land allocation.

Responding on behalf of the Chairmen, the Chairman of AMAC, who is also the ALGON Chairman in FCT, Hon. Micah Jiba, said the FCT Administration has been a model for the rest of the country in terms of the harmonious relation with the Area Councils. “What we have experienced in FCT is far better than what is being experienced in any of the 36 States of the federation,” he stated while thanking the Minister and the Minister of State, as well as the Permanent Secretary for the cordial working relationship between the FCTA and the Area Councils.

Some of the dignitaries present at the event include the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mohammed Ya’u Gital, the six Area Council Chairmen, representatives of Civil Societies and the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors.

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