By Tambaya Julius
The Federal Capital Territory FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has recently taken decisive action by revoking 165 plots of land located in the prestigious districts of Abuja.
This bold move comes as a response to the persistent failure of allottees to develop these valuable plots, affecting prominent areas such as Maitama, Gudu, Wuye, Katampe, Katampe Extension, Wuse 2, Jabi, Utako, Idu Industrial Zone, and Asokoro.
In an official notice issued on a Thursday night in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced the revocation of these plots under the authority of Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978.
The reason cited for this action was the continuous contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy, specifically non-development.
Mr Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary, signed the notice, and it reads, “The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA hereby informs the general public that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory has, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978, revoked the underlisted plots with names and titles as reflected in our records for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development.”
Among the plots revoked in the Maitama district, A05, some notable names include Liyel Imoke, Musa Aboki Egu, Hassan Hadejia, and Ishaya Baba. In the Jabi area, allottees facing revocation include Sam Nda-Isaiah and Donubari Josephine Kogbara.
Meanwhile, Katampe district lists Peter Gregory Obi and BUA International, among others.
Other areas also saw notable names on the revoked list, including Julius Berger Nigeria, Honeywell Construction, Uffot Joseph Ekaette, Shittu Mohammed, Udoma Udo Udoma, Kanu Agabi, Niki Niki Tobi, Ishaku Bello, and more.
Nyesom Wike, upon taking office, made a commitment to restore the master plan of the territory and address issues related to undeveloped plots and unpaid ground rents.
To enforce this commitment, he granted allottees a two-week grace period to settle their ground rents; failure to comply would result in the revocation of their allocations.
This recent action underscores the administration’s determination to ensure responsible land use and development in Abuja, sending a clear message that non-development of prime land will not be tolerated.