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Wike revokes 21 new plots of land, issues ultimatum to 189 titleholders in Abuja

FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, has approved the revocation of 21 new plots of land in the highbrow Central Business District of Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.

This was contained in a revocation notice signed by Olusade Adesola, the permanent secretary in the FCT Administration, on behalf of Wike.

The minister explained that the lands were revoked over non-development of the plots.

He added that the decision was taken in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978.

The minister also approved a three-month grace period for 189 titleholders, who have obtained building plan approvals but are yet to commence development on their properties.

In a statement signed by the director of information and communication of the FCTA, Mohammed Hazat, the minister asked the affected property owners to do so within the stipulated period or have their title revoked in line with the provisions of the law.

“Similarly, public institutions that have land titles within the federal capital city but are yet to develop same, have also been given a grace period of three months to commence development in order to avoid sanction.”

“Thus, the minister has extended this gesture to 189 property owners due to their desire to develop the property by obtaining building plan approvals which is a prerequisite for development of any property in the Federal Capital Territory.

“The notification in the ewspapers states: The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), has graciously approved a grace period of three-months from the date of this publication for the underlisted titleholders who have obtained building plan approvals to commence development of their plots; failure of which their titles shall be revoked for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right- of-Occupancy.

“The owners of these plots were exempted from revocation because they have already demonstrated firm commitment towards developing their property by obtaining necessary documents from the FCT Administration.”

Sule urged the affected property owners to take advantage of the minister’s gesture and develop their plots as published in some national dailies, in line with the terms of offer of the Right- Of- Occupancy.

“The FCT Administration, therefore, appealed to the affected Public Institutions who have been allocated plots within the FCC to commence development of their plots, failure of which their titles shall be revoked for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy.

“The plots in these categories belong to individuals and corporate organizations, as well as public institutions who have continually failed to keep to the terms of agreement as contained in Section 28(5) (a) & (b) of the Land Use Act offering and conveying of the Right of Occupancy.”

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