Wike inaugurates taskforce on land swap initiative 

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Barr. Nyesom Wike Tuesday set up a taskforce to critically examine the land swap initiative started by his predecessors.

The land swap initiative which was introduced since 2012 had suffered set back due to several factors.

One of the challenges includes agitation for integration, instead of relocation by some indigenous communities that will be affected by initiative.

The minister noted that the taskforce working on the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) was being empowered to handle all the complaints about the land swap.

Wike disclosed that several stakeholders had raised concerns about the initiative, hence the need to quickly review it.

He thus directed the taskforce to review the agreement and all other documents that have relevant information on the initiative.

The taskforce that is headed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Minister on Lands, Urban and Regional Planning, Michael Chinda, has the mandate to work and deliver results within two months.

Wike said: “We have had a lot of complaints about land swap. You have been mandated to look at the agreement and consider its favourability to government.”