Wike broadens mandate of task force on C-of-Os, to cover Land Swaps

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has broadened the task force’s mandate on issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, (C-of-Os) to include reviewing the Abuja Land Swap system and investigating the sale of federal government houses in the Federal Capital Territory.

It was gathered that the extended timelines for the task force is now two months, and their focus is on gathering details, verifying documentation, and addressing concerns about abandoned or sold properties.

The goal, the Minister said, is to understand the status of the land-swap system and government housing in the Territory. He mandated the committee to ascertain the situation of federal government houses in the territory and bring forward the true position of things.

According to Wike: “We want to get details of the land-swap system and the sale of Federal Government houses in the Federal Capital Territory. There are so many complaints that some houses are abandoned and some are sold; let us know the houses that are sold. Where are the documentation? Let them show us the receipt of payments. Not only the Federal Government houses but also the houses built and abandoned in the city.

“With the additional responsibility, the task force will now last for two months instead of the one month earlier given”.

Recall that the Abuja land-swap initiative started by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in 2013; it is a system whereby the Government gives a green field to developers for real property development. The developers, in turn, provide specified infrastructure on the land.

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