The Chairman, Sub-Committee to investigate the process of land allocation in the FCT Hon. Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi has said that submissions made before the committee will go through exhaustive investigations in other to put together a good road map for the future of land allocation processes in the FCT.
He made this statement during an adjourned session of the committee with the CEOs of the affected estates in the FCT at the National Assembly yesterday.
During the session, the CEOs of affected estates present made their submissions on oath adopting and taking full responsibility of the submissions made. Amongst those who made their submissions were; Shelter Origins, Jedo Investments Ltd, River Park Estates, Osilama Gardens Estate, C2Q Properties & Investment Company, Leisure Courts, Crown Luxury amongst many others.
The adjourned session was to enable those affected get the relevant documents of their properties for investigation by the committee. However, companies who were not able to meet up with their submissions were granted grace to make their submissions on or before 11th of September, 2018.
In response to the submissions made by those present, it was agreed by the committee that after the submissions have gone through proper scrutiny, consultations from the issuing agencies and necessary further investigations have been made, a time-table will be drawn for individual companies to appear before the committee for further investigations.
Speaking on the way forward Hon. Gaza said “we are going to go through your submissions, as we see the need, invite parties individually after we must have engaged with the other parties involved who are the government parties and done exhaustive work on your documents in other for us to be able to address what has happened before and put together a good road map for the future.
He further stressed on the Publication made in the Punch Newspaper on 23rd of August, 2108 which was negatively affecting some of the estate developers “ this is not a witch-hunt, we in no way intend to affect anybody’s interest… if your documents are legit, you won’t have any problem whatsoever”
On the side line some of the persons present spoke with HousingNews Correspondents on their views about the proceedings; Mr. Jagunmolu Akande Omoniyi (FCA) CEO of C2Q Properties and Investments Company appreciated the committee on their efforts. He said, “This proceedings is face-saving for genuine developers in the FCT and I’m sure at the end of the day all the parties will be happy for it.
Mr. Osilama Osilama CEO and owner of Osilama Gardens Estate said “for me I think it’s the best thing because the issue about Lugbe has dragged for too long so I’m sure if they do this, it will help both the people investing their money and the developers who have been in between.”
Barr. Ejeh Monday, Legal Counsel to Crown Luxury Estate said, “for me I have some legal issues with respect to their publications and the impression it gives to the members of the public as members of the public were advised not to have any dealings with the affected companies. I feel this should be done after the investigations not before as the publication makes it look as if they acquired the properties illegally”
Speaking with HousingNews Correspondents, Hon. Gaza stated that the process was aimed at finding out deficient laws regarding land allocation and processes in the FCT as well as mapping out ways to strengthen these deficient land laws and processes.
He added that “these processes is aimed at seeing whether any laws are deficient… so as to strengthen the laws that revolve around land allocation and processes as all these are creations of the National Assembly”
The Chairman of the Sub-Committee Hon. Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi appealed to those affected who are yet to make their submissions to do so to enable the committee carry out their constituted duties as is expected of them.
“those concerned should come and make their submissions so that their benefactors can be very comfortable with the fact that they are adhering to scrutiny”, he said.
Wilson Ifeoma – HousingNews, Abuja.