Written by Austine ELEMUE

Land Allocation: Abuja natives slam Bello’s critics


Abuja natives under the aegis of FCT Citizens Against Bad Governance have kicked against social media platform criticizing the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, for allocating plots of land to some prominent Nigerians. 

The group said the attack was a deliberate attempt to smear the integrity of the minister before President Muhammadu Buhari, in view of the recent clamour by civil society groups to reappoint him as FCT minister. 

Speaking to a section of the media in Abuja, the group spokesman, Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, noted that some highly placed individuals in the FCT Administration are not comfortable with the prudent administrative style of the minister. 

He argued that the present minister has the least number of land allocations in the history of FCT, adding that the minister has not forcefully tempered with lands belonging to natives as was witnessed during the "Land Swap" era of the previous administration. 

Yusuf also noted that the present Bello has successfully managed frivolous allocations of mass housing plots to dubious developers, stressing that Bello's led FCT Administration has put to an end what he described as "briefcase developers" who besieged the office of the minister for allocation of mass housing plots. 

According to him, "We are not unaware of deliberate plots to smear the image of the incumbent FCT Minister because of his rising profile. We the FCT Citizens Against Bad Governance also have records of arbitrary land allocations of previous administrations. We saw how land was forcefully taken and allocated to highly placed individuals in the society under the guise of Land Swap. 

"We are equally aware that some individuals within the Land Administration of FCT are not happy with the way and manner the minister is piloting the affairs of the administration. Since he came in as minister, he has successfully blocked all linking holes at the Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS. This has not gone down well with many staff in AGIS". 

He pointed out that the personalities mentioned in the online publication are Nigerians who are qualified to own a property in the Federal Capital Territory, adding that previous ministers allocate choice plots of land to family members and friends. 

He, therefore, called on the media to double cross check facts before publishing, noting that the media has the constitutional responsibility to inform and educate the public. 



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