FCT Minister Directs Agencies on Full Implementation of Abuja Master Plan
The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed all the stakeholder departments that have anything to do with Lands in the Federal Capital Territory to immediately resolve all associated problems that impinge the full implementation of the Abuja Master Plan.
The Minister gave this directive at the commissioning ceremony of the Accelerated Area Council Sectional Title Re-Issuance Scheme and AGIS Data Centre at APDC Building No. 6, Peace Drive, Central Business District, Abuja on Thursday.
The Minister reiterated that the time is now for all the Departments and Agencies of the FCT Administration to resolve all outstanding issues and problems that have hindered the smooth execution of the AACSTRIS Project for over a decade.
Mallam Bello remarked that the AACSTRIS Project has a lot of funds locked down that must be reaped to enable the FCT Administration provide the needed infrastructure across the Territory.
His words: “The AACSTRIS Project is also expected to improve the revenue base of the FCT through the payment of premium, ground rents and other sundry charges, which will be subsequently utilized for the provision of the needed infrastructure within the FCT.”
According to him, “Land title owners across the Area Councils and homeowners in many estates and mass housing schemes in the FCT can now fully benefit from their real estate investments as regularized titles would be issued statutory Rights of Occupancy and subsequently, Certificates of Occupancy, which are bankable instruments.”
He used the occasion to advise staff in the relevant departments to shun any act of corruption that could hinder the implementation of this important project.
Welcoming guests to the landmark ceremony, the Director of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Jalo, revealed that AACSTRIS Project has been established to process the over 10,000 backlogs of pending applications for the regularization of the Area Council land titles from customary to statutory.
The Director added that AACSTRIS job is also to process the over 30,000 and 10,000 title documents for the houses in all the mass housing estates as well as multi-dwelling houses littered across the Territory respectively, by providing them bankable titles in line with the global best practices.
Dr. Jalo disclosed that in order to hit the ground running, the Department of Urban & Regional Planning has so far vetted 302 Layouts that will immediately be processed into the AGIS Database after meeting all requirements.
“Out of these, the Department of Land Administration has vetted over 700 titles which is expected to ease the transformation of the title documents from customary to statutory,” he emphasized.
Information & Customer Service (AGIS/Lands)
Friday, March 12, 2021.