Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
Kaduna State Development Property Company (KSDPC), has said it will uphold the state government’s directive that land owners should develop their properties or risk revocation.
The company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Alh Mahmud B. Gazara who disclosed this while speaking with journalists said the land programme is in tandem with the mandate and plans of the company.
He said besides exchanging many hands with attendant cost escalation tendency, undeveloped plots are capable of aiding insecurity and does not portray the true reflection of modern city.
Gazara noted that full development of properties in the state would reduce incidences of housing deficit problems, increased revenue base and even create employment.
He said on assumption of office, the management also noticed that there was lack of awareness and information which was partly responsible for retardation of revenue, prompting them to embark on property-to-property visitation for revenue collection drives.
“We notice that in some places revenue was being paid to the local government instead of KSDPC. We are going to mobilize resources toward revenue collection drive to enhance the revenue base of the company and the state”, he said.
Gazara said management also noted that large number of occupants of the company’s properties were reluctant to pay their rent ‘as at when due’, adding that as affordable as the properties are “many are still in arrears of about 5-10 years of none payment of house rent and ground rents.
“We also have redundant assets, after we finish our physical verification; we will look at how we can convert them to profitable use by replicating same where they will be more useful
“Again we will look at our plots that are being sold and allocated to so many people, and they only stop at one-third payment, not even half payment. We shall also advertise all our virgin lands”, he said.
According to Gazara, what they discovered on assumption of office was lack of awareness especially in area of revenue payment and collection.
“Fundamentally, what we discovered on assumption of office, especially in area of revenue collection drive, is that there was lack of awareness, and that is why the management is engaging a consultancy services to take over that aspect.
“Some people are not even aware that they have to pay to the company, rather they were even paying to the Local Government instead of KSDPC.
“So, we are visiting some of these areas that belong to us to create serious awareness; by the time we bridge the gap it will increase our revenue base to turn around this place” he said.
Gazara assured that from its proceeds, the company is projecting at least 5, 000 mass houses per annum.
Accordingly, revenue generated from properties would also be utilize in providing reliable data base for company for ease and better assessment properties
Kaduna state government had recently given 90 days to owners of undeveloped land/properties in the state to develop them or have them revoked by government.