Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC),through it’s subsidiary, Railway Property Management Company (RPMC), said it has concluded arrangements to finalise its computerised Property and Tenant Register.
Director of the RPMC, Timothy Zalanga,
disclosed this on Friday at a press conference in Kaduna. He said that the RPMC was saddled with the responsibility of managing all lands and landed assets of the NRC, added that the recent initiative was to ascertain the number of properties and tenants under its purview for effective management.
Zalanga said a task force had been set up by the management of the company to carry out the audit.
“The task force is expected to cover Kaduna and environs as the pilot exercise before embarking on other states of the federation.
“The exercise is expected to drive the company’s plan for a real time interactive Land Management System on a digital platform,” he said.
The Director warned those claiming ownership of lands and landed properties belonging to railway to desist from such claims.
He, however, urged members of the public illegally occupying railway lands and landed properties to regularise their stay or risk ejection.
He urged allottees of railway lands to settle their rental obligations. He added that alll those operatiting along railway corridors should seek clearance or risk ejection.
“Any illegal transfer of railway land or property to third parties will equally face revocation of allocation,” he stressed.
Zalanga further said that as enshrined in the land use act, any land that is not in the hands of the state government before the advent of the act, still remained with the Federal Government.
He explained, however, that for the purpose of building new rail lines, as they are doing from Kaduna to Kano, the railway had acquired new rail lines from the State Government, and translated it to be under the purview of the State Government.
“Some weeks ago, a conference was organised for directors of lands nationwide by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing where issues of land ownership were particularly addressed and they were educated on who owns a land and from what period.
“The land use act (1978) already states that any land owned by the Federal Government, its Agency or parastatal, enactment of the act shall not be affected by the act, it is exempted completely,” Zalanga explained.
Prior to the news briefing, the company visited Birnin Yero, Kakuri, Monday Market, Abakpwa, Ts’aunin Kura, Sabon Tasha, and Television Garage all in Kaduna, where they have property and lands.