By ABAH ADAH, Abuja The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has debunked a statement that emanated from the Senate recently alleging that an amount in the region of $350million being part of a $1billion Eurobond facility taken in 2013 has gone missing or has been diverted under his ministry. According to a press release from the office, the minister also declared as false a related allegation that the Ministry had procured a contract for Afam Fast Power and paid $26million or thereabout for it. “With all emphasis, I state that there is no factual basis for the allegations,” he said. Having said that the Ministry, his staff and himself have done nothing wrong, Fashola expressed their readiness to collaborate fully with the Investigating Committee when called upon. “For now, it suffices for members of the public to note that I wasn’t a Minister in 2013, and that when Government raises a...
Since the coming of the present FCT Administration into office in 2015, a lot have changed in land administration in the territory. DAVID ADUGE-ANI reports that land dealers, who before now swarmed every available space in Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS have disappeared and put out of business. Before now, the activities of land dealers in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT were pervasive. They had so much influence and easily swung matters involving land in the direction they desire. Many of those who controlled the levers of power within the FCT land administration structure were under their belt. The many ways they could manipulate land allocation contributed hugely in making the process of land ownership in the FCT, a nightmare for ordinary people. The situation become so bad to the extent that incidences of double or multiple land allocations and wanton abuse of Abuja’s master plan become the norm rather than...