The House of Representatives on Thursday commenced an investigation into over 7,000 abandoned federal assets at the Federal Capital Territory and its local governments.
Jonathan Gefwi, the chairman of the House ad hoc committee looking into the abandoned property, stated the following during a public hearing in Abuja: “The existence of abandoned government property, valued in the hundreds of billions, left to deteriorate should trouble all our consciences.”
Ibrahim Isiaka, General Manager of the Federal Housing Authority, claimed that several of the housing projects listed as abandoned were actually still in progress.
Mohammed Bello, the FCT Minister, had earlier stated that since 2005, residents have been required to get all documentation pertaining to the sale of government assets, including homes.
He claimed that despite the policy being in effect for 17 years, many of those assets had still not been sold and some had not been completely documented.