By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capita Territory (FCT) Inter-departmental Ministerial Technical Committee on the Harmonization of Operations of Accelerated Area Councils and Sectional Title Reissuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) has revealed that Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Bwari have the highest fake area council layout allocations in the Territory.
Also it identified Gwagwalada and Kuje as area councils that are also grappling with fake layout allocations, while Abaji and Kwali were given clean bills of health.
This was disclosed by a member of the committee and Director, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Mrs. Jamilah Tangaza, through a statement signed by Head of Information at the AGIS, Uzodinma Cosmas, recently.
“Fake layouts defined by the committee as layouts without ministerial approval, overlapping designs and double allocations have been the bane of Area Council allocations over the years.
“It can be recalled that since it commenced the process of recertifying area council land titles, AACSTRIS has had a running battle with the prevalence of fake layouts in the Area Councils traceable to the abuse of layout mapping processes in the various Area Councils in the past, Tangaza, was quoted in the statement.
However, reiterating its readiness to sanitize Area Council layouts of fake allocations, the committee vowed to remove all bottlenecks that have stalled the processing of Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) in the FCT Area Councils.
Peoples Daily reports that the Committee, was set up by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, as part of FCT Administration’s comprehensive effort to bring sanity into the land administration processes in the FCT.
Specifically, the Committee has the mandate to harmonize the operations of AACSTRIS, Mass Housing and Federal Housing Authority (FHA).
Chaired by the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Adamu Ismaila, the Committee comprises of other departments such as the Urban and Regional Planning, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) Land Administration, Survey and Mapping, Mass Housing, Development Control as well as the Zonal Land Managers of the six Area Councils.