The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has started legal action against defaulting titleholders who have not made payments on their ground rent obligations.
According to the government, the legal actions were taken after property owners refused requests to pay the required land charges.
According to a statement released on Sunday by FCTA Director of Information Muhammad Sule, those impacted have had enough of time to pay the N29.5 billion debt.
By the end of August 2022, the government had declared that it will begin prosecuting the first batch of 413 defaulting landlords.
Sule bemoaned the fact that some debtors disregarded several requests and warnings, endangering the government’s efforts to deliver essential services to the populace.
Adesola Olusade, the FCT Permanent Secretary, established a debt recovery committee to recover unpaid rent and other payments owed to the Land Administration.
Mohammed Umar, general counsel and secretary of the FCT’s legal secretariat, is in charge of the Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rent and Other Related Charges.
The group hired five law firms, all of which were run by Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), to draft the paperwork necessary to file a lawsuit against the delinquent titleholders.
The FCTA reaffirmed that it will not give up on using the legal option because it needs money to expand its infrastructure.
“There will be no sacred cows as the law will surely take its course because the only language it will understand is for the debtors to clear their outstanding debt”, Sule added.
The agency released the Abuja neighborhoods with the most borrowers in July. Top on the list were Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse, and Garki.
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