FCTA moves to tackle menace of fake layouts in Area Councils

An interdepartmental Ministerial Technical Committee on the Harmonization of Operations of Accelerated Area Councils and Sectional Title Reissuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) has moved to tackle the menace of fake layouts in the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

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 will 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.

So far, the committee has identified four Area Councils, AMAC, Bwari, Gwagwalada and Kuje as mostly affected by these developments while Abaji and Kwali have been given clean bills of health.

The committee which was set up recently by the FCT Administration has also moved to remove all bottlenecks that have stalled the processing of Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) in the FCT Area Councils, Director, Abuja Goegraphic Information System(AGIS) Jamilah Tangaza said on Friday in a statement.

Chaired by the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Adamu Ismaila, the Committee includes such other departments 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.[share_this_post]

Set up by the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, it has been part of the efforts to bring sanity into the land administration processes in the FCT.

According to Tangaza, it also has the mandate to harmonize the operations of AACSTRIS, Mass Housing and FHA.

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