Ground rent: FCTA to revoke debtors’ properties
Property owners in the federal capital territory who fail to pay their ground rent may be heavily sanctioned, as the administration has threatened to have such properties revoke.
The director of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems, Isa Jalo, said the administration arrived at this decision after several appeal to property owners to settle their outstanding ground rent failed to yield the desired results.
Jalo reiterated that it is necessary for property owners to pay their proscribed fees to enable the government carry out its statutory duties especially fixing the infrastructural deficit in the territory.
He emphasized that payment of ground rent is a legal responsibility of any property owner as enshrined in the Land Use Act of 1978 and upon accepting the offer it becomes incumbent on the beneficiaries to abide by the law.
“We have carried out several public enlightenments to sensitize and create awareness on the need for property owners to come forward and settle their liabilities, yet some of them remain adamant.
“Hence, the FCT Administration has no any other option than wield the big stick as the law will strictly be adhered to, because the government requires these funds to provide security and basic infrastructure,” he stressed.
He advised plot allottees in the FCT to always register their transactions relating to their property with the Abuja Geographic Information Systems and Land Administration Department in order to assist in firming up necessary data on property owners’ real time.
Meanwhile, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, also sealed some business premises in Wuse II District, for allegedly operating in a designated residential area.
Officials of the contravention Unit of the Development Control Department, DCD, of the AMMC after inspection, sealed FCMB bank building, Gogzee Bakery and Crossover Restaurants, located at Cairo Street as well as two other buildings converted from residential to other uses on Kampala Street, all within Wuse II, Abuja.
The DCD director, Murktar Galadima, said the affected property had violated the land act, and failed to revert back to the original land use failure, the department took necessary actions by warning and sealing the premises.
Galadima noted that the exercise was to recover the Abuja master plan, by ensuring that as possible compel those contravening original land use to stop and revert back, or face demolition if necessary conditions were not met.
In his words, “It's a continuous process , and we follow due process unlike before where we just go and seal property , we have to write to communicate our intension that you have violated the land act and should revert back to the original use failure of which, we take necessary actions by sealing the premises.
“We have taken our time to write a letter, and serve them accordingly, because they may not be the end of the process, there could be other measures like prosecution or revocation.”