By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of efforts to reposition the FCT Land Administration for effective service delivery and improved revenue generation, FCT Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola has inaugurated a high powered Committee on partnership with financial institutions on land matters.
The committee, is expected to invent ways of increasing the revenue profile of the FCT Administration, and Fast-track processes involved in the acquisition of Certificate of Occupancy and other title documents for various individuals in the Territory.
Inaugurating the committee, the Permanent Secretary, explained that in view of the dwindling revenue accruable to government as a result of plummeting price in crude oil globally and the increasing demands for social amenities and other infrastructural developments by the citizens.
Adesola said it was imperative for the FCT Administration to think of creative ways of shoring up government revenue to be able to address its challenges.
While disclosing that the Administration spends fortune annually to keep the city clean but generate only meagre amount, Adesola urged residents to begin to pay for services such as sanitation and pipe borne water services the government is rendering to them.
He expressed optimism that the Committee would work assiduously to come up with far reaching recommendations with a view to addressing delay in the acquisition of Certificate of Occupancy and other title documents as well as unlock huge revenue stuck in land transactions.
He assured residents of the Territory that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello would continue to address all challenges associated with the acquisition of Certificate of Occupancy and other title documents in nation’s capital city.
Responding, Chairman of the Committee, Barrister Harisu Umar commended the Permanent Secretary for the laudable and proactive initiative of thinking outside the box at a time the country is seriously confronted with acute financial challenges.
Umar, who assured that the committee would work hard to achieve its terms of reference, thanked the FCTA for the confidence reposed in them.
Other members of the Committee are: Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary; Adewinle Pius, Deputy Director; Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Town Planner Adamu Adamu; Financial Adviser, Ayodele Olayinka; Assistant Director; Department of Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), Yusuf Jafar, Assistant Director; Kumatin Ikya, Department of Land Administration, Hassan Zakari, Assistant Director; and Abubakar Faskari, Technical Assistant to the Permanent Secretary.
The Committee, which has one week to submit its report for the Administration to take immediate action, has its terms of reference to include: review the current challenges related to payment of land fees in the FCT.
Others are: identify sources of financing the payment of land fees by the title holders, develop framework for partnership with financial institutions by title holder and also come up with recommendations on any other matters related to the above.