FCTA goes after rent defaulters in Abuja

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FCTA goes after rent defaulters in Abuja

The FCT Administration has vowed to sanction any property owner in the Federal Capital Territory that fails to pay Ground Rents.

Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Jalo, gave the warning in a chat with newsmen on Thursday.

He said the decision was taken after several public enlightenments to property owners in the Territory to settle their outstanding Ground Rents failed to yield the desired results.

Jalo reiterated that the fee was mandatory as it enables the government carry out its statutory duties and fixing the infrastructural deficit in the Territory.

The official emphasized that payment of Ground Rents is a legal responsibility of any property owner as enshrined in the Land Use Act of 1978.

“Hence, the FCT Administration has no any other option than wield the big stick as the law will strictly be adhered to, because the government requires these funds to provide security and basic infrastructure,” he stressed.

The Director further advised all plot allottees in the FCT to register their transactions relating to their property with the Abuja Geographic Information Systems and Land Administration Department in order to firm up necessary data.