In a bid to check gross violations associated with the Abuja land-use laws from those in the hospitality business within the Nigeria capital, the FCTA through its Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has ordered all hotel owners operating without license to register with the social Development Secretariat.

Most importantly, the council has directed that all guests and visitors using hospitality facilities must be profiled and verified with “verifymynin app” by the Hotel operators for security reasons.

The AMMC Coordinator, Umar Shuiabu who gave the directive during a press conference in Abuja warned that failure to comply within the next two weeks may attract the penalty of shutting down the facility or outright revocation of the land, especially those that converted residential apartments to Hospitality centers.

He explained that the FCTA’s renewed vigour to monitor motels, Hotels, Guest houses was targeted at nipping crime and insecurity in the bud, even as he advised hospitality facilities to beef up their internal security arrangements.

His words: “The FCTA has observed with great concern that some random persons altered their land use from the initial approved purpose to hospitality purposes, many of these contraventions are residential quarters that were converted to hotels, brothers etc. These constitute security challenges in the entire territory…Those who have formed the habit of breaking extant laws of the FCT should know that there is no place for them to hide”.

“…many criminal elements disguise themselves and check into some of these hospitality services as guests using the place as hide out before and after carrying out their nefarious activities.These property owners are operating hotels without following the appropriate procedure of acquiring all necesary approvals from the relevant agencies of the FCT”. Shuaibu lamented.

On his part, the Director, FCTA Department of Development Control , Mukhtar Galadima, said the department would invoke the Urban and Regional Planning Law to deal with the recalcitrant operators.

Galadima also said that the department would collaborate with the security agencies and all relevant secretariats in the territory to ensure enforcement and compliance with the new regulatory guidelines.

“This time around we want to deal with this issue differently by way of prosecution at the Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal because it is not going to be business as usual.

“We will strengthen collaboration with the security agencies, the judiciary and other institutions within the FCT Administration.

“We are going to serve them the final notice as regards compliance with the provision of land use and Abuja Master Plan”. Galadima said

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