FCTA to Revoke Houses converted for Other Uses – Official

The Minister of FCT, Mr. Nyesom Wike has approved the withdrawal and cancellation of properties previously sold to individuals by the FCT Administration, which were later repurposed for different uses
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This decision was revealed by Mr. Mukhtar Galadima, the Director of the Department of Development Control at the FCTA, during a press conference held in Abuja on Friday.

It's worth noting that the Federal Government had initiated the monetization program back in 2005 due to the substantial expenses incurred in maintaining these properties to transfer ownership to the occupants, enabling them to take on the responsibility of maintenance.

However, over time, some of the beneficiaries deviated from the original residential use of these properties and converted them for other purposes.

“It is on this note that the minister has approved and directed that all owners of such properties should revert the use of the properties to its original and designated land use which is residential.

“Failing to comply with this directive as from Nov. 1, the house is considered as revoked.

“We are given such persons and individuals to the end of October to revert to original uses, otherwise from Nov. 1, they should consider such properties as revoked and returned to FCTA,” he said.

The director said that so far, the department has recorded more than 111 cases of land use conversion in respect of the sold houses, cutting across all the districts of the capital city.

He added that owners of the properties have been informed and given notices to revert to the original land uses but failed to comply.

According to him, once these houses are revoked the FCTA will decide the next line of action.

“The minister has also directed that owners of properties, particularly along major streets that have converted their properties to other uses without approval should either revert to original use or pay contravention charges.

“Anyone that fails to comply with such a directive, the administration will take appropriate action, which may include revocation.

“It is on this note that we felt it wise to inform the public of the decision and directive of the FCT Administration with regards to the indiscriminate conversion of land uses in FCT.

“This is done to maintain the sanctity of the Abuja Master Plan.” 

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