The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has announced an extension on the deadline for ground rent payment in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, News About Nigeria reports.
The Minister announced a new deadline of December 14, 2023, to land allottees owing ground rents in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a publication signed by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, where Wike advised all erring individuals to pay up within two weeks from the date of the publication or risk the revoking of their titles.
The FCT Director of Information, Muhammad Sule, noted that the new deadline was the last the people will get for the settlement of their outstanding ground rents, maintaining that the period of grace is no more. He added that there will be an enforcement of attendant sanctions for individuals who fail to comply with the directive.
He further noted that the extension of the deadline for the payment of the ground rent was in consideration of the pleas from the affected allottees and was also in a bid to not deprive those on the queue for collection of ground rent bills and are eager to pay off their franchise.
Recall that Wike, on Wednesday, had stated that he would clamp down heavily on defaulters of ground rent payment, maintaining that he would match his words with action at the end of the grace period by revoking the affected plots of land.
The minister further noted that the FCTA has been able to save significant internally generated revenue (IGR) since its removal from the treasury single account (TSA).