Develop your land or risk revocation, FCTA warns allottees 

The Director, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Department of Development Control (DDC), Mr Muktar Galadima, on Monday, threatened to revoke all undeveloped lands, especially within the service areas in Abuja.

He made this known when he led an enforcement team to remove shanties at Jabi District of Abuja.

Mr Galadima said the department received complaints over occupation on allocated land and after several meetings with the indigenous community revolved to clear all shanties in Jabi district

According to him: “We have two issues attached to that. One is the issue of shanties and then secondly, we received a complaint about occupation on allocated land.

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“If you recall towards the end of 2019, we carried out a similar exercise at Gwarinpa and today we are in Jabi and we will continue like that from one district to another where we have high concentration and or presence of some of these shanties of illegal structures.” He insisted.

Mr Galadima, therefore, assured the indigenous community that the FCT administration would resettle its people permanently to enable land allottees to develop them.

“The DDC will liaise with the Department of Resettlement and Compensation to come up with modalities on how to go about the resettlement of the indigenous community.

“And then the allottees of those plots will be advised to move in and develop their land and failure to that we will recommend revocation of those undeveloped land.” He added.

Earlier, the Chief of Jabi, Alhaji Yakubu Auta appealed to the FCT DDC to give them more time to relocate to their new area.

The monarch also called on FCTA to ensure the speedy conclusion of their resettlement exercise to enable them to resume their normal activities.

“We relied on these shanties to feed our families, pay our children school fees and provide them with basic necessities of life.

“All our lands have been taken over by the FCT administration and we left no piece of land to farm.” He lamented.