Tri­bunal has helped strict com­pli­ance with stan­dards – FCTA

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Mu­likatu Mukaila

The FCT Ur­ban and Re­gional Plan­ning Tri­bunal (UBRT) said it has helped to en­sure that de­vel­op­ers com­ply with stan­dards within the ter­ri­tory.

The depart­ment said its es­tab­lish­ment and op­er­a­tions are as­sist­ing the sys­tem by en­sur­ing that all stake­hold­ers, depart­ments and agen­cies kept to laid down plan­ning and devel­op­ment guide­lines and reg­u­la­tions.

UBRT Act­ing Sec­re­tary, Malam Ya­haya Abubakar, said this while brief­ing news­men in Abuja on the tri­bunal’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the last two years.

Abubakar said the tri­bunal, be­ing the first of its kind in the coun­try, is be­com­ing a re­source cen­tre for other states and schools.

He said it has re­ceived 90 com­plaints filed by lit­i­gants out of which 53 are on­go­ing.

“The tri­bunal was es­tab­lished to com­ple­ment the ef­forts of the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion by en­sur­ing the en­force­ment of ex­tant stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions of the Abuja master plan as it is ex­pected to be the ar­biter be­tween de­vel­op­ers and govern­ment agen­cies. It is to en­sure that the Abuja master plan is im­ple­mented and ad­hered to in the best in­ter­est of all,” he said.

He called for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the tri­bunal and other ma­jor stake­hold­ers, adding that by virtue of the act gov­ern­ing it, it is the en­forcer of the plan­ning law.

“As a quasi-ju­di­cial body, the tri­bunal can­not ini­ti­ate pro­ceed­ings on its own, it is only per­mit­ted to pre­side on is­sues filed prop­erly by an ag­grieved per­son,” he added.

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