The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has commenced the regularisation exercise for Area Councils and mass housing land titles within the Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The project which is being carried out under the Accelerated Area Councils and Sectional Titles Re-Issuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) will be given a massive boost as budgetary allocation in the 2020 appropriation and manpower have been deployed to fast-track the implementation process.
The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Jalo, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja.
The Director said that AGIS has already received about 10,000 applications from the public for regularisation of their Area Councils titles; equally 22 mass housing developers have also made submissions.
He stated that since the new Section commenced work, about 1,530 Rights of Occupancy (R-of-O) have been prepared and are ready for collection by beneficiaries of the Mass Housing Scheme.
Dr. Jalo added that about 300 Rights of Occupancy have been released to allottees of the Area Councils titles as 30 Area Councils layouts have been vetted and ready for regularisation.
The Director said that the process of issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for about 250 beneficiaries of Mass Housing Scheme have reached an advanced stage, now awaiting developers’ compliance with terms of Rights of Occupancy to enable issuance of Certificates of Occupancy.
“In order to drive this policy effectively, the FCT Administration has created a specialized Section with an Annex Office beside AGIS Complex, to be manned by competent personnel drawn from various land related departments”.
The Director stated further that considering the importance of the project, the National Assembly has appropriated funds in 2020 budget for the execution of the project.
“with the commencement of this scheme, the knotty issue of double and multiple ownership of plots in the Area Councils of the Territory, which is as a result of forgery of documents by racketeers will soon be a thing of the past”.
Dr. Jalo emphasised that the scheme is expected to first and foremost, issue statutory Rights of Occupancy and subsequently, Certificates of Occupancy to bonafide owners of titles in the Area Councils and Mass Housing and that AGIS is also working assiduously to bring all its payments online for the comfort and easy accessibility of its customers, in consonance with the Ease of Doing Business policy of the Federal Government.