The land swap policy in the Federal Capital Territory has failed due to lopsided master plan and lack of wider consultation of stakeholders, members of the House of Representatives revealed over the weekend.
Rep Hembe said during the committee’s interaction with the minister and other officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) that there had been consistent distortion of the master plan which rendered  it obsolete for the rapid development growth of the city.
He said the land swap policy had failed to provide affordable housing and other infrastructure in the designated areas.
Developers of the mass housing scheme, under the policy, did  not provide amenities, such as neighborhood centres, fire service stations in their plans, he said.
This, he added, was the result of FCTA’s failure to consult widely with stakeholders before commencing the pilot scheme of the land swap programme in 15 districts.
The chairman of the committee who also decried the poor transportation system in the FCT, advocated for a better mass transit scheme adding that a better waste management system should be put in place to guarantee a clean and healthy capital city.
FCT minister, Mohammad Musa Bello, who spoke earlier pledged to work closely with the committee and agreed that lawmakers in the FCT have are no longer in tandem with the rising influx of people to the nation’s capital.
Source : Daily Trust Newspaper


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