By Stanley Onyekwere
In what seems as a move to bolster initiatives aimed at tackling Abuja’s housing deficit, the FCT Administration says it’s reviewing land allocations it made to government institutions and other developers in the territory for mass housing purposes.
Consequently, the FCTA warned that it might be forced to revoke some of these plots and reallocate to more serious contenders in the areas where no appreciable development have been.
According to the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, who handed this waring, the template of everybody getting land and starting a cooperative housing estate is no longer feasible in the FCT.
Bello spoke when the management of the National Defence College paid him a courtesy call in his office.
The Minister advised government institutions and other private organizations seeking land for mass housing in the FCT to take advantage of the empty estates that are littered across the city and negotiate with finance houses for a suitable long term financing agreement.
He said it would be futile for organizations to continue to apply and wait for land for mass housing in the already developed phases of the territory, where land allocations have fully exhausted.
He added that interested parties should identify reasonably priced houses and go into agreement with a financial institution to work out a long term financing model that should be able to meet up with their requirements.
“The reality is that getting land where infrastructure is developed partially or about to be developed is going to be increasingly difficult.
“Land is no longer available in phase 1, phase 2, phase 3, and even in some parts of phase 4 of Abuja. We are now planning phase five.
“But then we sat down and reflected, and we said if you keep on opening phases and you don’t provide infrastructure, at the end of the day, you just have pockets of slums all over the city.
“That’s why as an administration, we are not keen on giving land because we are not sure of when infrastructure is going to be there.” he stressed.