12 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says all is now set for Area Council land title owners, beneficiaries of mass housing schemes and multi dwelling structures in the FCT to have their titles regularized to pave way for the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O).
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello stated this during the inauguration of the Accelerated Area Council and Sectional Titles Re-Issuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) project office in Abuja.
Malam Bello explained that “Land title owners across the Area Councils, home owners in estates and mass housing schemes in the FCT can now fully benefit from their real estate investments as regularized titles would be issued statutory Rights of Occupancy and subsequently, Certificates of Occupancy which are bankable instruments”
Malam Bello, who described the establishment of the AACSTRIS office as another milestone in the quest of building a very efficient and responsive land administration in the territory, commended the management of the Abuja Geographic Information System and Department of Land Administration for their commitment to the project.
The FCT Minister also inaugurated the utility vehicles for the project and the upgraded AGIS Geospatial Data Infrastructure which is intended to accommodate new data from the AACSTRIS project and extend services to other departments.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director of the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), Dr Isa Jalo said the objectives of the AACSTRIS project includes; Processing the backlog of pending applications for regularization of Area Council land titles from customary to statutory titles and Updating of spatial and land information records.
Others include: issuance of Sectional Titles for Multi-dwelling Units and Mass Housing Estates in the FCT, liasing with staff of the FCTA/FCDA to resolve outstanding problematic Area Council land application as well as Issuance of titles to successfully vetted Area Councils.
The AGIS Director also said that so far, 302 layouts had been vetted by the Department of Urban and Reginal planning, to be processed into the AGIS database after meeting all statutory requirements while over 700 titles were vetted by the Department of Land Administration.
Also speaking at the event was the Chairman, Senate Committee on the FCT Senator Abubakar Kyari who commended the FCTA for taking the AACSTRIS initiative to improve land administration services in the FCT.