The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has annulled the allocation of 21 plots of land in Abuja’s Central Business District (CBD). The revocation notice, signed by Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration on Wike’s behalf, cited continuous violation of the terms of development or non-development of the Right of Occupancy as the reason. The decision was made “in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978.”
Additionally, the Minister granted a three-month grace period to 189 titleholders who have obtained building plan approvals but have yet to initiate development on their properties. They are urged to commence development within this period; otherwise, their titles will be revoked in accordance with the law.
In a statement from the Director of Information and Communication of the FCTA, Mohammed Hazat, the Minister also issued a similar grace period to public institutions that possess land titles within the Federal Capital City but have not commenced development.
The statement noted: “The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), has kindly granted a grace period of three months from the date of this publication for the listed titleholders who have secured building plan approvals to initiate development of their plots; failing which their titles will be revoked for persistent breach of the terms of development of the Right-of-Occupancy.”
These property owners were spared from the revocation as they have displayed a strong commitment to developing their property by obtaining the necessary documents from the FCT Administration. Sule, speaking on behalf of the FCT Administration, urged the affected property owners to seize this opportunity provided by the Minister and develop their plots in line with the terms of the Right-of-Occupancy offer.
He stated, “The FCT Administration appeals to the concerned Public Institutions that have been allocated plots within the FCC to start development of their plots. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their titles for continued violation of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy.”
These plots include those allocated to individuals, corporate organizations, and public institutions that have consistently failed to comply with the terms of the agreement as stipulated in Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act regarding the Right of Occupancy.