The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has issued a three-month ultimatum to owners of 189 undeveloped plots of land in Abuja to start developing them or have their allocation papers revoked.
The ultimatum also applies to public institutions with land titles within the FCT that have not yet developed them.
In a statement issued on Sunday, September 25, 2023, the Director of Information and Communication at the FCT Administration, Muhammad Sule, said the grace period is for owners of the affected plots who have already obtained building plan approvals.
Sule said the minister extended the gesture to the 189 property owners because they had shown a firm commitment to develop their properties by obtaining the necessary documents from the FCT Administration.
He added that the minister is urging the affected property owners to take advantage of the ultimatum and develop their plots in line with the terms of their Offer of Right-of-Occupancy.
Sule also said the FCT Administration is appealing to public institutions that have been allocated land to begin the development of their plots, failing which their title documents will be revoked.
The ultimatum comes as the FCT Administration is trying to address the issue of undeveloped plots of land in the territory. The administration says the undeveloped plots are not only unsightly, but they also pose a security risk.
The ultimatum is also in line with the administration’s efforts to ensure that land in the FCT is used for its intended purpose.