Women, under the aegis of Women Environmental Programme (WEP), have condemned recent increase in land charges by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), describing it as an attempt to frustrate people out of the city.
Executive Director, WEP, Mrs Priscilla Achakpa, faulted the move by the FCTA in an address at a one day interactive dialogue on ameliorating housing deficit for the poor in Nigeria.
She said FCTA is hostile in the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy to land owners in the territory, pointing out that they are only issued to privileged people.
According to her, unless strong measures are taken by international organisation, like UN-HABITAT,Â Â to stop the trend, most residents will be driven out of the city some day.
Achakpa recalled that in 2006, the FCTA rolled out an initiative called 1,000 affordable housing for the poor in Pegyi after much criticism on the inhuman treatment of the poor, noting however that the project was hijacked by a few individuals.
Her words: â€œWEP through the UN-Habitat was invited to serve on the affordable housing task team that was set up for processes leading to the delivery of these houses to the poor. The first sets of people to benefit from these houses were supposed to be the Idu-Karmo people whose houses were demolished.
â€œSeries of consultations were held with the affected communities which led to the design of enumeration forms with WEP, UN-Habitat and FCT logo on them.It is worthy to mention that up till this moment, nothing has been heard of the project.â€
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Housing and Habitat, Rep Garba Shehu Matazu, represented byÂ Suleiman Ahmed,Â commended organisers of the programme and called for their partnership on housing development.