The Director, Land Administration, Deed Registrar, other officers of the department present, members of REDAN Exco, developers present and other protocol observed.
I will like to start by thanking you for honoring our letter and according us with your presence despite the short notice. We consider this as a privilege and we are indeed very grateful.
REDAN is the principal agency and umbrella body of the organized real estate sector recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria and saddled with the responsibility of providing affordable housing for all Nigerians.
The land department, by virtue of its functions, without doubt, is one of the most strategic departments of the FCDA. The department, in conjunction with LUAC, handles the very important process of land allocation, oversees legal services, Deed registering, Property valuation, leasing, verification and regularization of Area Council titles, and just to mention a few.
Interestingly sir, the duties of your office has made it almost inevitable for us, estate developers, to always maintain a cordial relationship with you, if we must deliver on our core objective of building houses within the FCT. The reality is that, you are the manufacturer of the most important factors of our production, Land! This may not be unconnected to the reason we deemed it necessary to consult your office first before anyother since our inauguration three months ago.
We are particularly very enthused by the way your department has conducted her affairs, especially in the last four years. Just to mention a few, unlike in the past, instead of focusing on allocation, your department thought it best to settle many of the numerous land litigations inherited from the past administration. And what is more interesting, you did so not necessarily through the courts rather using alternative land dispute resolution, which REDAN has always advocated for.
During your tenure sir, the processes of land allocation and layout creations have been fair by our own judgment. Many old land applicants were considered without having to lobby. Just as procedures for layout creation/district establishments etc were duly adhered to. This is a clear regard for best practice and we appreciate you for it.
Today, many developers whose lands were in the past unjustly revoked or withdrawn have either had their lands restored or duly reallocated to them, thanks to your unbiased and human-face leadership style.
So, part of why we are here today is to basically thank your department for encouraging best practice and to also intimate you of some issues, which still require your immediate attention and how best we can generally harmonies the various land contentions that still exist within the FCT.
While we understand the constraints of your office especially when many of the issues predate you hence some limitations in certain aspects, we are very concerned about the following:
1. Genuine developers still don’t have access to land and as such have to resort to buying land from the black market, a situation that continues to aggravate and inflate building cost as well as other associated costs in FCT.
2. Resolve protracted confusion usually created by overlapping layouts. In some cases, existing Area Council layouts, which now have FCDA layouts, and in few cases too, FCDA contradicting its own existing layouts.
3. Many buildings in FCT either have no genuine titles or at best rely on global titles, a situation which has made lives very difficult for house owners because their properties, in real sense, are not bankable. E,g Holders of Mass Housing and Area Council titles, inability to register deed and Power of Attoney etc.
4. Why has the department not been able to finalize the regularization processes of area council titles and issue Cof O titles thereby generating revenue to build infrastructure that will improve quality of lives.
5. Reduction in CofO fees especially for Developers who will have to source for funds to deploy infrastructure that ordinarily should have been done by government. There should be some incentives for Developers, who construct public roads as well as their internal estates roads and other infrastructure.
6. Appeal for more settlement of land issues through the committee your department set up
7. Cooperation between your department and REDAN FCT
We urge you sir, to look into our request, with a view to finding lasting solutions to some of the issues raised.
We want to sincerely, on behalf of all developers in FCT, once again, thank you and other senior officials of the department here present for your time and considerations.
Tagging Me Rubber Stamp Laughable, Says Lawan
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has described insinuations that he would be a rubber stamp to the Executive as “sentimental and laughable”.
Lawan, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, made this known while addressing a group, Women Parliamentarians, led by Senator Joy Emordi on Thursday in Abuja.
He noted that, believing in President Muhammadu Buhari’ s vision and that of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and his personality should not be misconstrued to mean that he is not independent mind.
According to him, “during my campaign, I was called a potential rubber stamp Senate President to the executive; may be because I am close to the President, or because I believe in his cause.
“There is no time that I will ever be a rubber stamp. Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems. They are neither APC nor PDP problems, they are Nigerian problems, that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.”
“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward .
“We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive. As a Minister, you have to do your ministerial job well. We will make government appointees to do what is required of them.
“We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that have mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable,” Lawan noted.
“We are not here for self serving. We came here with a lot of experiences to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focus to make this government work”.
The Senate President seized the occasion to charged women to be more involved in politics, saying, “the political space in the country is wide enough to accommodate our women, but the ball is in their court to take the advantages”.
In her remarks, Senator Joy Emordi congratulated the Presiding Officers and the leadership of the 9th Senate for what she described as smooth transition, urging them to use their expertise to better the lots of Nigerians.
Emordi said the group was formed to give support where necessary to serving women in the parliament, adding that, “it is our objective to promote cordial relationship between the executive and legislature, and remove the boundaries on women participation in politics for good governance”.
Funeral Rites For The Mother Of Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye – Late Mama Deaconess Comfort Melaye
The funeral rites for the late mother of Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the National Assembly – Mama Deaconess Comfort Melaye – will take place between Friday 12 and Saturday 13, July, 2019 at the Aiyetoro Gbede country home of the Melayes in Kogi State.
Mama Melaye died at age of 70 on Thursday, May 2, 2019 after a brief illness in Aiyetoro Gbede in the presence of her family members.
The details of the events are as follows:
Friday, July 12, 2019 – Wake Keep at the residence of the patriach of the Melaye family, Elder Jonah E. Melaye, Jesus Street, Iluafon Quarters, Aiyetoro Gbede by 5:00pm prompt.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – Lying In State at Elder J.E. Melaye’s residence on Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00am afterwhich her body will be committed to mother earth at the Melayes’ Family Compound immediately.
Later on the same day, Saturday, July 13, 2019 – A Funeral Service will hold in her honour at the The Apostolic Church, Iluafon Assembly in Aiyetoro Gbede by 11:00am prompt.
Thereafter, guests will be entertained at the Girls Secondary School playground, Aiyetoro Gbede, from 1:00pm.
Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life, constituents of Senator Melaye, his colleagues and other members of the National Assembly (past and present), friends and associates, among other well-meaning Nigerians, who had earlier commiserated with him over the death of his dear mother, are expected as guests at the occasion.
Late Mama Deaconess Comfort Melaye is survived by her husband, Elder J.E. Melaye and children including Senator Dino Melaye, among other relations.
Media and Publicity Sub-committee of the Central Planning Committee
Specially/ Newly Promoted Lieutenant General LO Adeosun Is Still the Chief of Training & Operations Nigeria Army
Contrary to fake news going round insinuating or suggesting appointment of Lieutenant General LO Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, members of the public are hereby once again informed that Lieutenant General LO Adeosun has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General and formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai.
Lt Gen LO Adeosun is only granted special promotion by the President, Commander -in – Chief, of the Armed Forced of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his extra ordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. He still retains his appointment/position as Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army.
Any contrary information is baseless, fake news and should be disregarded.
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