FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has approved the constitution of the FCT Land Use and Allocation Committee (LUAC) in line with the provisions of the Land Use Act 1978.
The Minister made this revelation while receiving the Commandant of the National Defense College, Rear Admiral Sunday Alade who paid him a working visit in his office.
Malam Bello disclosed that the 12-member Committee is to be chaired by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye and is expected to identify land available for possible allocation within the Territory, process requests and advise the FCT Minister.
He said the constituted committee would also advise the Minister on matters connected with the management of land, resettlement of persons affected by the revocation of rights of occupancy, as well as determine disputes as to the amount of compensation payable for improvement on land.
Bello further explained that the Committee is to ensure equity, transparency and due process in all land allocations in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister revealed that members of the Committee include the General Counsel/Secretary, Legal Services Secretariat; Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat; Directors of Engineering Services, Resettlement & Compensation, Urban & Regional Planning, Survey & Mapping as well as Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS).
Others are the Special Assistants to the Hon. Minister and the Permanent Secretary; while the Director of Land Administration is a member/secretary to the committee.
Malam Bello however said that all new land allocations would be tied to development of infrastructure like power, access roads, telecommunication ducts as well as sewer lines to ensure that the time between allocation and development is reduced considerably.
On the Commandant’s request for the support of the Minister to establish a Secondary School at the Defense College Barack in Ushafa, in Bwari Area Council, Bello promised to assist, even though it would be funded by the Defense College.
He therefore directed the Department of Urban and Regional Planning to identify a suitable plot within the vicinity of the Barrack for the establishment of the planned school in conformity with the Land Use and the Abuja Master Plan.
Speaking earlier, the Commandant of the National Defense College, Rear Admiral Sunday Alade said the College is the highest military institution in the country that trains officers from the rank of Colonel and above, top civil servants, Para-military as well as officers from friendly countries.
Admiral Alade stated that currently the College has 135 participants with 13 countries participating with mix of military and civilian population.