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Boom for Area Council land title, estates' home owners
• To get documents regularized
• C of O in sight as FCT Minister commissions AACSTRIS office

Mar, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Area Council land title owners, beneficiaries of mass housing schemes and multi dwelling structures in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) can now have their titles regularized, paving the way for issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O). This was disclosed by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, during the commissioning ceremony of Accelerated Area Council and Sectional Titles Re-Issuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) project office last week.

In his address during the ceremony, the FCT Minister said: "Land title owners across the Area Councils and home owners in the 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." The Minister also revealed that the project is expected to improve the revenue base of FCT Administration (FCTA) through payment of premium, ground rents and other sundry charges which will subsequently be utilized for the provision of needed infrastructure in FCT.

Malam Bello, who said the establishment of the AACSTRIS office was yet another milestone in the quest of building a very efficient and responsive land administration in FCT, also commended the management of Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) and Department of Land Administration for their commitment to the project. He also thanked members of the three Committees of FCT in the National Assembly for their support for FCTA's projects as indicated by their presence at the commissioning ceremony.

In addition to commissioning the AACSTRIS project office, the Minister also commissioned the utility vehicles for the project as well as the upgraded AGIS Geospatial Data Infrastructure, which is intended to accommodate new data from the AACSTRIS project and extend services to other stakeholder departments. Speaking during the commissioning of the data center, the Minister admonished staff of relevant departments to shun acts of corruption that could hinder implementation of the new project for which the Administration had committed enormous resources.

Earlier in his remarks, Director of AGIS, Dr Isa Jalo said that the main objectives of the AACSTRIS project were processing the backlog of pending applications for the regularization of Area Council land titles from customary to statutory titles; updating of spatial and land information records for pending applications for regularization of Area Council titles; and commencing of issuance of Sectional Titles for Multi-dwelling Units and Mass Housing Estates in FCT. Dr Jalo listed others as liaising with staff of FCTA/FCDA to resolve outstanding issues associated with problematic Area Council land application allocations, and issuance of title to successfully vetted Area Council titles.

The Director also revealed that so far, 302 layouts have been vetted by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning to be processed into the AGIS database after they met all statutory requirements, while over 700 title were vetted by the Department of Land Administration. Dr Jalo added that the Mass Housing Department had submitted documents from 23 estates under the mass housing scheme for processing of C of O to beneficiaries while 702 Rights of Occupancy were issued pending payments for C of O. Also speaking during the event, the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari, commended FCTA for taking the AACSTRIS initiative to improve land administration services in FCT.

Present at the event were the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change, Senator Mohammed Hassan Gusau, Deputy Chairman, House of Reps Committee on FCT, Hon. Blessing Onu, FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Chief of Staff to FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, FCTA Director of Land Administration, Tpl. Adamu Hussaini Jibrin, and other senior staff of FCTA.

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