Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, yesterday unveiled a new digital building plan processing software and a mobile application meant to reduce the process of assessing and approving building plan applications by individual and corporate property developers.
The digital software and mobile app is expected to be domiciled and operated by the trained officials of FCT Department of Development Control.
Unveiling the software in Abuja yesterday, the coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Arc. Reuben Okoya explained that the Development Control Information System, DEVICIS, is an indigenous software and app developed to ease the work of the officials in site assessment before approval or otherwise.
“It is for online transfer of Site Assessment Report which, according to him, will be a baseline for taking decisions on the approvability or otherwise of building plans for all categories of property development.”
Speaking further, the director, Department of Development Control, Yahaya Yusuf stressed that the new software would promote transparency in the system and also reduce the time hitherto spent on approving building plans.
“Henceforth, building plan are submitted to the Department in a Design Web Format (DWF) which only privileged officers would have access to. Also, all the complementary documents such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Site Analysis Report and Plan, Geo-Technical (soil test), Report and Engineering Calculation Sheets are captured in the printable document format, PDF, for the officers to study.”
He added that the application automate tasks in the building plan approval process which do not necessarily require human intervention. It also maintains a table of restricted plots on account of revocation history, court injunctions and other title related challenges as well as those kept in view on the account of unresolved plan assessment queries.
Meanwhile, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, after touring the state-of-the-art facility, said that the department cannot afford to be operating in analogue when the world has gone digital capitalising on technology explosion to reshapen their way of life.
“End has come to the long delay experience by developers in getting approval for building, as the step will indeed reduce drastically the time taken by the Department to approve building plans.”

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