FCTA to revoke undeveloped plots, warns defaulters

The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Tuesday said it would revoke undeveloped plots of land in serviced areas allocated to individuals and corporate organisations.

The Director, Information and Customer Service, AGIS/Lands, Muhammad Sule, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘FCTA to revoke undeveloped plots In Abuja.’

The statement read in part, “Equally, the administration will soon commence revocation of plots allocated to various developers under the Mass Housing Scheme but remains undeveloped since allocations were made.

“The director explained that this action has become necessary because the government has expended a huge sum of money in the provision of basic infrastructures in these areas and will not allow them to remain unutilised.

According to him, the administration has listed the developed and undeveloped plots including mass housing across the FCT and would soon revoke the undeveloped titles and reallocate them to “serious developers”.

He added that some of the plots in question have been allocated in the FCT for a  long time for various purposes including private residential, commercial, as well as Mass Housing; with terms and conditions which some developers have failed to comply with.

He lamented that “some of these allocation papers have been kept in briefcases without considering the terms and/or Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Government.”

He complained that these developers have not only failed to develop these vast plots of land allocated to them, they have also denied access to affordable housing to thousands of residents who are eager to own houses within the FCT.

He said, “There is the need to remind all those with such allocations to do the needful because the FCTA 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 electrotonic media for them to be responsive by developing the same in line with the terms of allocations, yet, some of the developers remained adamant.”

He urged all the allottees of mass housing plots in the FCT that have developed them to submit the names of their subscribers or beneficiaries to the 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 DG, however, commended a few of the Mass Housing Developers who have complied with the terms of agreement entered into with the authorities.

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