The House of Representatives is investigating the sale of Defence College quartets, Apo, and the status of undeveloped allotted plots in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Following House resolution, The FCT committee, Chaired by Mr. Herman Hembe was mandated to carry out investigations on the following:
- Urgent need to establish the status of undeveloped allotted plots in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and to take measures geared towards enforcing the terms and conditions for such grant and allotment and establish the identity and ownership of properties in the highbrow areas of the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
- Need to investigate the sale of National Defence College Quarters, Zone C, Apo Abuja to individuals.
The committee is also considering four Bills related to the Capital City referred to it for further legislative action. They are:
- A Bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory Wider Area Planning and Development Commission.
- A Bill for an act to establish Federal Capital Territory Security Trust Fund.
- A Bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory University of Science And Technology.
- A Bill for an act to establish FCT College of Agriculture.
Declaring open, the Public Hearing to consider the two House resolutions alongside the four Bills, the Speaker, Mr.Yakubu Dogara, enjoined stakeholders to take advantage of the law-making process to provide information and materials that will guide the committee and the House in its legislative work.
“In the Law-making process, Public Hearing is the only stage in the development process of a Bill or Motion that has the advantages of affording the public the opportunity of providing information and materials that will stimulate interests of citizens leading to their participation and contributions in the process of law-making. It is also a platform where interests and opinions are articulated and aggregated to form the basis for making good law and policy for the betterment of the larger society”
The Speaker commended the House Committee on FCT for considering all the Bills and Resolutions at one hearing.
This, according to him will conserve time and resources which would otherwise have been spent on separate legislative measures for each bill or Resolution.