The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory.
This, according to the agency, is a result of the increase in the number of unoccupied houses in the FCT.
Despite the increase, many residents of the city still find it difficult to secure a decent accommodation.
According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.
It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro, and Apo.
The buildings are, however, above the means of most civil servants, resulting in them seeking more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.
Consequently, their concentration in those areas results in high traffic as commuters try to make their way to their various destinations daily.
Addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.
He said, “We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,”.