Nigeria: The effective management of land resource can help achieve socio-economic growth, said Senator David Mark, Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria in his written speech which was read by Senator Gbenga Ashafa during the Policy Dialogue meeting, in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Land governance is in central of the sustainable development of the economy and its management therefore should be enhanced through the necessary policy dialogue,” observed the Senate President. He added that demands for land resources are unlimited but the means through which the demands can be met are limited.
Earlier, the co-ordinator of the country Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) Professor Peter Adeniyi of Department of Geography, University of Lagos said the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Bank with the support from other partners have promoted an in-country study on “Improving Land Sector Governance in Nigeria”.
According to him, the study is a diagnostic tool based on the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) to help countries assess their policies and practices regarding land governance. He further explained that the LGAF focuses on five broad thematic areas that have been identified as major areas for intervention in the land sector.
According to Prof. Adeniyi, they include legal and institutional framework, land use planning, management of public land, public provision of land information and dispute resolution and conflict management.