By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has issued new order on land allocation across the territory to avoid litigations befalling the administration over land issues.
Executive Secretary Federal Capital Development Authority, Engineer Umar Jibrin, told journalists that the administration’s recent policy changes in land allocation were in the effort to avoiding thousands of land litigation cases imminent after allocations due to lack of proper engineering designs.
He revealed that henceforth, land allocations would not be carried out until engineering designs are made available. This, he said, will in a long run avoid allottees seeing their lands affected by flyovers and road constructions in the city.
Also, the Secretary Legal Services Secretariat, Muhammad Umar, said that the administration in order to achieve this, put in place a land review committee under the leadership of permanent secretary, Mr. Chinyaka Chritian Ohaa, which held a retreat to ascertain the workability of the idea and develop a unified land law to guide all land administrative agencies.
According to him, the retreat which was held recently provided an avenue for recommendations on the possible road map.
However, some of the items highlighted in his view were that it has been discovered that there is no standard rule documents for land allocation in the FCT.
To this regards, the Secretary Legal department observed that investors need to know about the rules ahead of investment to avail them with the opportunity to be abreast with new unified law
His words, “I can tell you that 50 per cent of the litigation lost during legal battles with the alottees were because of unknown land law, sometimes lands are double awarded because of non-existing policies
He further stressed that the committee during the retreat discovered also problems with Abuja Information Geographical system (AGIS), which for the moment works without final engineering design before allocating lands.
Umar revealed that some of the issues discovered as militating the progress of land allocation, include the problem of mass housing allocation, the issue of improper built of parks.
He said the administration has frowned at the idea, saying that the administration has moved to revoke the right of occupancy.
The Secretary, Legal services also pointed out political interference as stumbling block to the administration’s work.