Land allocation: FCTA adopts new measure to avoid legal battles

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has said in order to avoid loads of litigations befalling the administration over land allocations, it is adopting measures would reduce land related litigations.

The Executive Secretary FCDA Engineer Umar Gambo Jibrin, while briefing newsmen disclosed that the administration’s recent policy changes in land allocation, was in the effort to avoiding thousands of  imminent litigations 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.

Speaking earlier, the secretary legal services secretariat, Muhammad Babangida 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, to develop a unified land law to guide all land administrative agencies.

According to him, the retreat was held on the 10th of May which gave rooms to make 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 percent 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.

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