The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Capital Territory Administration to commence the issuance of certificates of occupancy to owners of homes under the mass housing scheme in Abuja.
The House directed its committee on FCT to liaise with the FCDA to explore and resolve all the issues surrounding the lack of issuance of certificates of occupancy to property owners within housing estates.
This resolution followed a motion moved by Sada Soli, a lawmaker from Katsina State, on Tuesday.
Soli said: “The Federal Capital Territory in the year 2000 initiated the mass housing scheme project to provide affordable housing through a public-private partnership (PPP) policy arrangement.”
The lawmaker said that despite the important role the mass housing scheme is playing in the FCT, most of the beneficiaries of the scheme have yet to get their certificate of occupancy.
He said: “Property owners within these mass housing scheme estates have no certificate of occupancy issued to them as a result of one common certificate of occupancy issued in favour of the estate, which negates the principles of tenant-owner protection.”
The motion was adopted by the House and passed without any debate.
The committee was mandated to conclude its work and report to the House within six weeks.