The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has disclosed that in obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) in Abuja, a National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) will be required.
Wike revealed this in a press conference, adding that existing landowners in the capital must get recertification to incorporate the new features.
According to the minister, he has been refraining from signing C of Os during his tenure as the FCT minister to introduce enhanced security measures, such as the inclusion of NIN for individuals and BVN for corporate bodies.
“There are a lot of discrepancies, a lot of cloning of C-of-Os, so we have come up with an idea that every allottee who seeks and applies for a C-of-O must supply his NIN; this is one of the features we are going to put in the new C-of-O,” he said.
“If a corporate body doesn’t have an NIN and they have a property, they must put their BVN. So many persons have not registered, and this will make them go and re-register,” Wike added.