Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja administration said it has concluded arrangements to revoke undeveloped plots of land in serviced areas allocated to individuals and corporate organisations.
The administration also said it will soon commence revocation of plots allocated to various developers under the mass housing scheme, but remains undeveloped since allocations were made.
The director of information and customer service, AGIS/Lands, Muhammad Sule, made this known yesterday while speaking to journalists in Abuja.
Sule explained that this action has become necessary because the government has expended huge sums of money in the provision of basic infrastructures in these areas and will not allow them to remain unutilised.
He revealed that already, the administration has taken inventory of the developed and undeveloped plots including mass housing across the FCT, and would soon act by revoking the undeveloped titles and reallocate them to serious developers.
Sule explained that some of these plots were allocated in the FCT for a very long time for different purposes including private residential, commercial, as well as mass housing with terms and conditions that some developers have failed to comply with.
According to him, “Some of these allocation papers have been kept in briefcases without considering the terms or Memorandum of Understanding MOU, signed with the government.”
He regretted that by not developing these huge plots of land allocated to them in line with the terms of allocation and MoU entered into with the government, the defaulting developers have denied access to affordable housing to thousands of residents who are desirous of owning houses in the FCT.
Sule further explained that, for instance, the FCT administration came up with the concept of mass housing to bridge the housing gap and meet the housing needs of the residents.
“There is the need to remind all those with such allocations to do the needful because the FCT Administration had in the past allocated huge plots of land in various districts for mass housing projects across the territory. But sadly, some of these allottees are yet to develop them.
“Accordingly, the FCTA has carried out several sensitizations both in the print and electronic media for them to be responsive by developing same in line with the terms of allocations, yet, some of the developers remained adamant,” Sule said.
He, however, called on all allottees of mass housing plots in the FCT that have developed them to submit the names of their subscribers or beneficiaries to the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) and Land Administration Department for the necessary documentation and subsequent issuance of Rights of Occupancy and the Certificates of Occupancy that would be bankable.
The director reiterated that it was in furtherance of this, that the FCT administration recently launched the Accelerated Area Council and Sectional Titles Re-issuance Scheme (AACSTRIS), to drive home this important policy.
He used the opportunity to commend a few of the mass housing developers that have complied with the terms of the agreement entered into with the authorities.