Why We Stopped Land Allocation In Abuja – FCT Minister

Source: EWACHE AJEFU, ABUJA BUREAU CHIEF - thewillnigeria.com

ABUJA, July 20, (THEWILL) - The FCT Administration stopped the land allocation to take stock of what had previously been allocated and until such a time, the instrument of allocation is repositioned.

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed made this disclosure on Tuesday in his office, while receiving the National Executive members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN).

The Minister further disclosed that the process will remain stopped until such a time that the Administration is able to reposition the instrument of land allocation that would be credible and transparent which would have more positive impact on the development of the Federal capital Territory.

Senator Mohammed assured that the new land allocation regime would take cognisance of the genuine land developers; thereby minimizing the spate of land speculators.

According to him, the Abuja Master Plan had been bastardized due to the personal interests of some Nigerians but that his administration has drawn a line to forge ahead.

The Minister challenged members of IPMAN to work towards the establishment of refineries in the various areas of the country to afford Nigeria the golden opportunity of exporting refined petroleum products instead of the crude now being exported.

Senator Mohammed remarked that such strides would not only make available such products to all the nooks and crannies of the country but would also provide employment opportunities, improve the Internally Regenerated Revenue due to the country as well as open other areas of investment windows.

He called on IPMAN to partner with the FCT Administration in terms of mega city development and that the government will support through institutional and legal framework.

Speaking earlier, the National President of the IPMAN, Alhaji Aminu Abdulkadir said that the organization controls 86 per cent of the downstream sector.

He stated that the organization is assiduously working to bring down the prices of cooking gas to at least N1, 000 per 12.5 kilogramme of cylinder.

The National President requested for plots of land to enable IPMAN build Mega Filling Station in the Federal Capital Territory to improve the supply of petroleum products into the Territory.