The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of 600 unoccupied houses in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja. The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has revealed many of the unoccupied buildings have been identified in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo, which are 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.