Reps probe sale of Defence College quarters in Abuja

The House of Representatives, on Thursday in Abuja, mandated its joint committees on Defence and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to investigate the process adopted in the sale of the Defence college quarters in Abuja.

The House also urged the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to suspend all actions regarding the sale of the properties in Zone C quarters, Apo Abuja.

The resolution was sequel to a motion by Hon Tajudeen Obasa (Lagos-APC).

Moving the motion, Obasa said that he was aware that the National Defence College (NDC) quarters located at Zone C, Apo, Abuja was allocated to the college by the FCTA in 1995.

According to him, the allocation is to provide accommodation for military and civilian staff of the National Defence College.

Obasa informed the House that all the 88 blocks in the quarters had been sold by the FCTA to individuals who were currently processing the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-O).

He explained that though the students and staff of the College were still in occupation of the properties.

According to him, the procedure for the sale of the Houses do not follow due process as the occupants of the houses are not given the right of first refusal.

“No announcements were made for the sale and no bidding or auction process was conducted,” he said.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

The House, therefore, mandated its joint committees to investigate the matter and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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