The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in its strength of mind to get higher all Ground Rent debts owed it with the aid of property proprietors in Abuja has commenced the prosecution of the 413 defaulting titleholders, who are but to pay their Ground Rents debt.
The FCTA Director of Information, Mohammed Sule said in a assertion the preceding day that the administration filed the courtroom instances in opposition to the property proprietors over their failure to pay the prescribed land chargers amounting to over N29 billion
He stated the FCTA is searching for for an order to pressure the debtors to clear their debts or forfeit the affected property, due to the truth that they are recalcitrant in paying the debt, however severa appeals.
He stated the prison fireworks can additionally lead to the forfeiture of the affected property to the authorities in line with relevant laws.
The FCTA remaining month announced its preparedness to prosecute about 413 defaulting property owners by way of way of supply up of the August 2022, being the first set.
Sule lashed some of the debtors for reneging in paying their gorgeous Ground Rents, in spite of pretty a few appeals and warnings, thereby jeopardizing government’s effort at imparting essential offerings to the residents.
“The government insisted that when you reflect onconsideration on that all entreaties have failed, it has no different alternative than to begin the prosecution of the first batch of the defaulting property owners,” the declaration said.
It would be recalled that the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adesola Olusade, presently inaugurated a debt recovery committee with the mandate to get higher the splendid money owed owed the FCT Administration with unique recreation in flooring rents and other sundry charges in the Land Administration as nicely as unique Land related departments.
The Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rent and Other Related Charges in the FCT is headed by using the FCT General Counsel/Secretary Legal Secretariat, Mohammed Babangida Umar. The Committee until now introduced the engagement of 5 rules firms, owned thru Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), to prepare prison archives to begin crook motion towards the defaulting titleholders.
The FCT Administration vowed that it would now no longer shrink back in pursuing the prison option, because it wishes greenbacks to furnish infrastructural development.