FCT Administration Launches Post-Development Audit of Houses in Satellite Towns

by Ikem Emmanuel
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The Department of Development Control of the FCT Administration (FCTA) is embarking on a comprehensive post-development audit of houses in satellite towns across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This audit will encompass areas in the six area councils of the FCT, ensuring compliance with building regulations and approvals.

Muktar Galadima, the Director of Development Control, made this announcement, stating that the exercise will commence in the Dawaki area of Bwari Area Council, with plans to extend it to more than 15 satellite towns. Some of the towns to be included in this audit are Gwagwalada, Kuje, Karshi, Bwari, Kubwa, and Abaji.

Galadima emphasized that the lack of engineering designs in some of these satellite towns had previously led to the denial of approvals for construction. However, some towns have now acquired the necessary engineering designs, which justifies the need for the post-development audit. The primary objective is to assess properties built without prior approval and subsequently grant them approval if they meet the necessary criteria.

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The FCTA has developed a format for the audit, dividing the settlements into clusters and deploying officers to interact with property owners. These officers will explain the purpose of the exercise, outlining the information required from property owners within 21 days. This information will be crucial for building a comprehensive database of property developments within the FCT, serving multiple purposes, including service provision, property taxation, and research on capital city development processes.

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The audit raises concerns for property owners who may face consequences if their properties fail to meet the required standards. Galadima assured that for properties built without approval, the FCTA would consider granting approval if possible. However, if a property cannot meet the necessary criteria for approval, it may not be condoned.

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