- Authorities have discovered at least 600 unoccupied buildings in Abuja
- The authorities said most of the buildings were identified in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo
- According to the authorities, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of unoccupied houses in the FCT
At least 600 unoccupied buildings have been discovered in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has said.
Channels Television reports that the FCTA said the increase in the number of unoccupied buildings in the city has contributed to the housing deficit which now hovers around 1.7 and two million in Abuja.
The FCTA said many of the unoccupied buildings have been identified in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo are also above the means of most civil servants, leading to their seeking affordable accommodation in the outskirts of Abuja.
Festus Adebayo, the convener of the Abuja Housing Show who led some of his team members to the FCTA said the vacant houses are a result of massive corruption in the land.
Adebayo said: “The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?
“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.
Reacting to the issues raised by the team, the director of the FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima, said the agency is making plans to take over such properties in the city.
Galadima said the FCTA has proposed the move to acquire such properties through the Federal Executive Council.
“We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians," Galadima said.
He also said that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the United Nations had advised the Nigerian government to impose taxes on vacant houses across the nation.
The UN in its recommendation alleged that some vacant house were vehicles for money laundering in Nigeria.
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