Ground Rent Default; FCTA Hires SAN Sues Landowners

As at end of August 2022, the FCTA had prepared and filed law suit against 413 land owners, who are in default of payment of Ground rent.

The FCT Director of Information and Communication, Muhammad Sule, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen.

He said that the Government, is seeking an Order of Court mandating land owners to pay up arrears of Ground Rent totaling over N29 billion Naira.

According to the statement, the Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rent and Other Related Charges in the FCT, is headed by the FCT General Counsel/Secretary Legal Secretariat, Mohammed Babangida Umar, who announced the engagement of five law firms, owned by Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), to prepare legal documents to commence legal action against the defaulting titleholders.

He also warned that there will be no “sacred cows”, stating that the FCTA will not retreat in pursuing the legal option, as it needed funds to provide infrastructural development.

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