Estate Developer, Ahmed Abubakar Goringo has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Muhammad Bello to as a matter of urgency revoke undeveloped plots in Abuja.
Goringo, who made the call on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen at an exhibition in Abuja, urged Minister to go round the city and its environs to see how allocated plots for building estate are being abandoned.
He stated that some of the plots allocated to people for the purpose of building estates, so as to reduce the housing deficit in the FCT are now being sold to private individuals, the situation he said, has truncated the initial plans of the government for the people in the territory.
According to him, “You will be surprised that some people have been allocated plots of land for the past ten years and with infrastructures provided by government, but as I am talking to you now, those plots are yet undeveloped.”
“The owners of these plots are busy selling the land to people at exorbitant price without even thinking of partnering with estate developers. If you go to Karimo area in the FCT, you will witness this happening. They sell 5 hectares of land for N250 million. You don’t expect me to buy such land to build houses for low income earners.
“It is heart burgling that if government has provided infrastructures since 2005 and plots allocated to people to develop and up till now, 75 percent of the plots have not been developed, something needs to be done about it by the FCT minister.
“You are not developers, why should you apply for such big plot in the first place? And after getting the allocation and you cannot develop it, why not look for partnership? All these are some of the issues the FCT minister should critically look into and revoke such empty plots without delay” he said.
Goringo, who said that their doors are opened to individuals and group that have plots but cannot develop, to come and partner with them so that they can build FCT together for the benefit of all.
“Our doors are open for partnership even to the Federal Government and the FCT in order to join hands together to deliver houses affordable to low income earners. That will go a long way to reducing housing deficit in the country” he said.
On the issue of building materials, Goringo enjoined the Federal Government to try as much as possible to see that almost all the building materials are locally produced with low prices, adding that through such patronage, the issue of affordability of housing in the country will be solved.