The ministry is working on modalities to involve them in land sale

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Tuesday, cleared the air on the questions as to the rights and powers of the area council heads to sell land within their territories.

Though the push for the right to sell land within their jurisdiction has been an underground lobby since November 2011 when the minister of the territory told them to desist from the act, the current situation was revealed when the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Information Management System, Temila Tangaza addressed journalists.

Tangaza said although the minister had previously warned them to stop the sale of land in their areas, the ministry is currently working on modalities to make them part of the land sale, especially under the Accelerated Area Council Reinsurance Scheme.

“Yes indeed, a lot of conversations have been going on between the minister and the area council chairmen. There was a committee set up to look at how exactly we can handle the allocation of lands particularly in area councils,” she said.

“What the minister said was that he challenged the area council chairmen to be proactive and see how they can also provide infrastructure in these areas, particularly as we plan for the mass housing scheme.”

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