Jonathan re-instates 3,645 plots in Abuja

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By Favour Nnabugwu

ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the immediate re-instatement of 3,645 plots hitherto revoked in the Federal Capital Territory.

FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who made this disclosure in his office, said the plots were those allocated between May 17 and 28, 2007 in FCT but alleged to have been irregularly allocated and were, therefore, recommended for revocation by the Senate.

He said: “This is to inform beneficiaries of land allocations by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, between May 17 and 28, 2007, that President Goodluck Jonathan has graciously approved the restoration of titles to those whose plots were hitherto alleged to have been irregularly allocated within the above time frame.”

Senator Mohammed recalled that the revocation of the plots arose from a resolution reached by the Senate in 2007, based on the report by the Senate Committee on FCT that investigated the activities of an erstwhile FCT Minister.

He recalled that the Senate had then recommended the withdrawal of 3,645 plots from title holders on ground that they were allocated from May 17 to 29, 2007.

He said: “The reason given by the legislators for passing the revocation resolution was that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, was already dissolved.

“Accordingly, it was however, later discovered and confirmed by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, that the FEC was not dissolved until May 29, 2007, when power was transmitted to the succeeding federal administration.”

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