The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has issued a sweeping order to revoke the ownership of 165 lands in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
This move has had far-reaching implications for several prominent Nigerians who were found to be in violation of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy for these lands.
The decision to revoke these lands stems from a clear contravention of the stipulated development terms, as stated in a document signed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olushade Adeshola. Among the notable individuals whose land ownership has been affected by this action are former Senate Chief Whip, Udoma Udo Udoma; former Cross River Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke; the first Minister of Niger Delta, Ufot Joseph Ekaette; and the late publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
The official document explains, “The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) hereby informs the general public that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under section 28 (5) (a) and (b) of the Land Use Act, 1978, revoked the underlisted plots with names and titles as reflected in our records for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy, to wit non-development.”
It is worth noting that Minister Nyesom Wike had made it clear upon assuming office that he would take decisive action against any landholding that was found to be in violation of the Abuja Land Use Act, regardless of the individuals involved. This commitment has now culminated in the revocation of these lands, sending a strong message about the government’s dedication to enforcing land use regulations and fostering responsible development in the capital city.
This development has sparked discussions across the nation, with many weighing in on the implications and the broader significance of this action. As affected landowners grapple with the consequences, it remains to be seen how this decision will impact the real estate landscape in Abuja and the future of land ownership and development in the Federal Capital Territory.