Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA warns land owners over underdeveloped plots

The FCT Department of Development Control has warned allottees of undeveloped lands in service area to develop them or risk revocation.

Director of the department, Town Planner Muktar Galadima, gave the warning when he led an enforcement team to remove shanties at Jabi District, in Abuja.

He said the department received complaint over occupation on allocated land and after several meetings with the indigenous community revolved to clear all shanties in Jabi district

He decried rate of shanties in the Federal Capital City, saying “the issue of shanties has become a kind of heaven for the people of underworld which we have to remove them.”

“We have two issues attached to that one is the issue of shanties and then secondly, we received a complaint over occupation on allocated land.

“If you recall towards the end of 2019, we carried out similar exercise at Gwarinpa and today we are in Jabi and we will continue like that from one district to another where we have high concentration and or presence of some of these shanties of illegal structures.”

He explained that as part of efforts to ensure smooth exercise, indigenous community would be resettle permanently to enable land allottees develop them.

According to him, the development of development control will liaise with the Department of Resettlement and Compensation to come up with modalities on how to go about the resettlement of the indigenous community.

“And then the allottees of those plots will be advice to move in and develop their land and failure to that we will recommend revocation of those undeveloped land.

Earlier, the Chief of Jabi, Alhaji Yakubu Auta appealed to the FCT department of development control to give them more time to relocate to their new area.

The monarch also called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration to ensure speedy conclusion of their resettlement exercise to enable them resume their normal activities.

“We relied on these shanties to feed our families, pay our children school fees and provide them with basic necessities of life.

“All our lands have been taken over by the FCT administration and we left no piece of land to farm.”

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