Abuja C-of-O now requires NIN and BVN — FCT minister, Nyesom Wike

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The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, says obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) in Abuja will now require a National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Friday, November 24, 2023, Wike also noted that existing landowners in the capital must get recertification to incorporate these 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.

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“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.

If a corporate body doesn’t have an NIN and they have a property, they must put their BVN.


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