Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA tasks ministries, agencies on title regularisation

Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has charged ministries and agencies that have lands allocated to them under the FCT Master-plan to come forward and regularise such parcels of land by processing their titles. 

Bello, who made this call when his Ministry of Interior counterpart, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau rtd, paid him a courtesy visit in his office, also noted that the exercise is one way of safeguarding such titles against encroachment or inadvertent reallocations. 

He disclosed that FCT administration was working to recover all lands in Abuja that were originally designated for ministries and agencies in the Abuja master-plan but were unwittingly allocated for other purposes.

“With respect to allocation of land to Ministry of Interior and many other ministries that are not housed in the main secretariat, we are working at the areas at the Ahmadu Bello and Shehu Shagari Ways, especially trying to identify land within the designated areas that were originally meant for ministries but over the years were inadvertently allocated for other purposes. Wherever it is practical and possible, we will try to recover these lands,” Bello said. 

Earlier in his remark, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, urged the FCT administration to have a closer look at the small markets that are springing up around the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in the FCT, saying some of the markets have been turned to platforms for sale of dangerous and prohibited drugs. 

“Some of them will claim they are IDPs from the Northeast; of course, there is need for us to accommodate these displaced persons but we have to do it in a way that it does not have negative consequences on security. I thought I should seize this opportunity to bring it up so that we can put heads together and know precisely how to deal with the situation,” he said. 

Speaking on Nigerian Prison Service and Fire Service, Danbazzau said; "We have received approval to build both maximum and minimum prisons in Abuja as well as renovate and reconstruct existing facilities. It’s very important that we build that because Kuje houses all manner of convicts and those awaiting trial.”



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