Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has revoked 22 plots of land in Abuja’s Central Business District CBD.
A revocation notice signed by the Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, Mr Olusade Adesola said the minister took the decision, “in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978”.
He said the lands were revoked “for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development”.
Some of the allottees affected by the revocation include Lowe Lintas, Tourist Company of Nigeria, Coscharis Motors, CFA Motors, Chidol Properties among others.
In another statement, Director of Information and Communication in the FCTA, Muhammad Hazat Sule, said the minister has approved a three-month grace period for 189 titleholders, who have obtained Building Plan Approvals but are yet to commence development of on their property.
“The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), has graciously approved a grace period of three-months from the date of this publication for the underlisted titleholders who have obtained building plan approvals to commence development of their plots; failure of which their titles shall be revoked for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right- of -Occupancy”, the statement declared.
Among those given the three-month grace are 21 embassies, 168 others.
Some of the diplomatic missions are the Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of France, Canadian High Commission, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Embassy of Turkey, Embassy of the Peoples Republic of Angola, Embassy of the Republic Korea, Embassy of Philippines and Tanzania High Commission.
Others are Embassies of Syrian Republic, Iran, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Thailand, Algeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Cote D’Ivoire, Argentina, Togo, Indonesia and several government agencies including those of the FCT Administration.