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FCT Minister responds to numerous abandoned assets

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello says 17 years after privatisation, most federal government assets have yet to be sold.

Mr Bello stated this when he appeared before the House of Representatives subcommittee on federal government abandoned Properties in the FCT.

He said his Ministry will be making available necessary documents to assist the Panel in achieving its legislative mandate.

” All the relevant agencies of the FCTA have been directed to provide access to all documents, particularly taking into account that the policy on the sale of government assets, particularly residential houses to occupants, was signed way back in 2005,” Mr Bello stated.

In today’s hearing, I want to assure you that you have the full support of the FCTA.”

Declaring the sitting open, the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was represented by a member from Imo state, Henry Nwawuba, pledged that the Reps will help identify federal Government’s assets across the nation and take legislative action, ensuring they are adequately put into good use.

He noted that across the country, several properties belonging to the Federal Government have been abandoned, and others severely underutilised for many years.

The Chairman of the subcommittee, Gaza Gbefwi, described as “unfortunate” the existence of abandoned government property, valued in the hundreds of billions of Naira, that are left to deteriorate.

He reiterated the pledge that the investigative hearing will focus on abandoned Federal Government properties within the FCT.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor