7th June, 2010
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has promised to compensate more than 6,000 persons whose land titles were revoked on grounds of overriding public interest by the government.
Sen. Bala Mohammed, the FCT Minister, disclosed this during the presentation of the report of the Ministerial Committee on Repositioning Land Administration in the territory.
He said allottees who lost their land titles as a result of the governmentâ€™s action were awaiting alternative allocation.
He explained that “in order to address this problem, I will dedicate appreciable percentage of all land allocation during my tenure to providing alternative plots to this category of victims.”
He said the administration would establish FCT Civil Service Commission to correct the abnormalities in personnel management and to check indiscipline among the staff.
Earlier, Alhaji Saidu Dansadau, the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Repositioning Land Administration in the FCT, said that multiple allocations, forgery and falsification of records had become a monster in land administration.
He added that “the committee’s review shows that revocation of plots without regard to Section 28 of the Land Use Act is responsible for the menace in land administration.
“The current state of Abuja Geographic Information System is another major factor that causes the disarray in land administration in the city.”
Dansadau noted that the mass housing allocations from 2004 to 2007 were not subjected to any guidelines, adding that the lease agreement was not respected by both parties to the lease.
He stressed the need for an effective Land Use and Allocation Committee to advise the minister on matters of land administration in the FCT.