12th November, 2022
The Railway Property Management Company (RPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), said it has concluded arrangements to finalise its computerised Property and Tenant Register.
Timothy Zalanga, Director of the RPMC, disclosed this on Friday while addressing a press conference in Kaduna.
Zalanga, who noted that the RPMC was saddled with the responsibility of managing all lands and landed assets of the NRC, added that the recent initiative was to ascertain the number of properties and tenants under its purview for effective management.
He said a task force had been set up by the management of the company to carry out the audit.
“The task force is expected to cover Kaduna and its environs as the pilot exercise before embarking on other states of the federation.
“The exercise is expected to drive the company’s plan for a real-time interactive Land Management System on a digital platform,” he said.
The Director warned those claiming ownership of lands and landed properties belonging to the railway to desist from such claims.
He, however, urged members of the public illegally occupying railway lands and landed properties to regularise their stay or risk ejection.
Zalanga also urged allottees of railway lands to settle their rental obligations, adding that all those performing businesses along railway corridors should seek clearance or risk ejection.
“Any illegal transfer of railway land or property to third parties will equally face revocation of allocation,” he stressed.
Zalanga further said that as enshrined in the land use act, any land that is not in the hands of the state government before the advent of the act, still remained with the Federal Government.
He explained, however, that for the purpose of building new rail lines, as they are doing from Kaduna to Kano, the railway had acquired new rail lines from the State Government.
“Some weeks ago, a conference was organized for directors of lands nationwide by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing where issues of land ownership were addressed and they were educated on who owns the land and from what period”, Zalanga explained.