The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged landlords in
the Federal Capital Territory to strictly ensure that their buildings
are used only for the purposes they were designed in the Abuja Master
The minister gave this charge when the Nyanya (Phase I) Landlords
Association, Abuja visited him in his office at Area 11, Garki I
The minister said the charge had become necessary to forestall a
situation where some of the landlords were converting residential
properties into nightclubs, brothels and worship centers, against the
purposes for which they were designed and approved by the FCT
Development Control Department.
Malam Bello stated that as community leaders, the landlords had a duty
to insist that anybody staying in any of their properties subscribe to
basic minimum standards of behavior agreed between them and the
“A lot of activities take place in these buildings that are
illegal. They are all done in properties owned by people. For every
property, there is purpose for it. If as a landlord, you allow
somebody to rent your house and before you know it, he converts it
into a nightclub and the wrong people come there, it affects the
neighbors”, he said.
The minister who explained that districts and communities in the FCT
were specifically designed to have areas for schools, commercial
activities, residential and hospitals, regretted that some landlords
allowed for mixed use, which he reiterated often, has led to breakdown
of law and order in the community.
“If your member rented a house out and before you know it, the tenant
has converted it into a church or a mosque or a nightclub and then
instead of normal service time that we know, somebody will put up
something at 2.00am. This is wrong. You have to police these things
and give us report so that we can enforce.
“You as a community, not only in Nyanya but in all communities of the
FCT, it is very important that community based associations like your
own also partner with us to make sure that we bring welfare and a very
conducive living environment for the people,” the minister said.
While making clarifications on the FCTA’s recent decision to shut
substandard schools within the territory, Malam Bello said some of the
schools operated in such deplorable conditions that were simply not
conducive for learning.
According to him, “we were trying to close so many schools because
most of them are not schools. There was an area where a school was
located inside a brothel. You will see small children studying in the
school and just by the side, you see people moving half naked. How can
they learn in that kind of environment?”
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Nyanya (Phase I) Landlords
Association, Abuja, Alhaji Mamman Jimoh Lawal, appreciated the minister
for the prompt way he is handling the problems of their community;
saying the association was ready to partner with the FCTA to solve the
problem of underdevelopment across FCT.
Alhaji Lawal who said that they were impressed by the enthusiasm of
the minister to proffer solution to the problems bedeviling Nyanya
community, added that the association was ready to engage and
sensitize FCT residents to support the process of change which is the
fulcrum of the Federal Government’s policy.