Minister of FCT Wike approved the withdrawal and revocation of houses sold to individuals by the FCT Administration..

    The Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, has approved the withdrawal and revocation of houses sold to individuals by the FCT Administration but converted to other uses.


    Mukhtar Galadima, Director, Department of Development Control, FCTA, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
    Mr Galadima recalled that the Federal Government in 2005 initiated the monetisation programme because of the cost of maintaining the houses.

    He explained that the houses were sold to the occupiers so that they could maintain them.
    He, however, said that after some time, some of the beneficiaries converted the houses from residential to other uses.

    This, according to him, constitutes so much burden in terms of city administration and management that this administration felt it cannot condone any longer.
    “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 until the end of October to revert to their original uses; otherwise, from November 1, they should consider such properties as revoked and returned to FCTA,” he said.

    “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 their 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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