FCTA soon to launch ground rent portal – Director

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has concluded arrangements to launch a Ground Rent portal to enable customers download ground rent bills, make online payments and obtain statements of accounts.

Director, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr Isa Jalo, made the disclosure at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

Jalo explained that the new platform was expected to integrate with remita in line with the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy and Ease of Doing Business strategy of the Federal Government, given the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The director disclosed that the FCTA had upgraded the AGIS Geospatial Data Centre to a World Class standard, a tier three facility to provide shared infrastructure required for the development of the Abuja Smart City.

Jalo also explained that the upgrade was a critical requirement for the implementation of the Digital Economy drive of the Federal Government.

He added that with the facility, all FCT Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDA) computerisation requirement could be hosted.

Jalo further disclosed that the administration had similarly upgraded the GIS software, which AGIS had been using since 2007, to the latest 2020 Geomedia Enterprise version to provide efficiency in the GIS data processing.

The director said that the FCTA would soon commission the new Accelerated Area Councils’ Sectional Title Re-Issuance Scheme (AACSTRIS) project to fast track regularisation of Area Councils’ titles.

He also said that the FCTA would provide Certificate of Occupancy of Mass Housing title holders which was hitherto a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) project that was transferred to AGIS from E-Angel Consortium.

Jalo used the occasion to announce that the FCTA had acquired a new and fully equipped office, provided computers, power backup and also trained personnel to handle the operation of the AACSTRIS Project at the Abuja Property Development Company (APDC) Complex adjacent to AGIS Building.

This, he noted, will ensure a conducive working environment as AACSTRIS Project is expected to commence by Jan. 1, 2021. (NAN)