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Nigeria issues 200000 land titles, reforms AGIS

Nigeria: Bala Mohammed, Minister of Federal Capital Terrritory (FCT), Nigeria, announced that the ministry through the Abuja Geographical Information Systems (AGIS) and Land Department is currently in the process of issuing proper Certificates of Occupancy to about 200,000 title holders within the six area councils of FCT. In addition, he informed that reform of land unit is in full swing and e-payment facility has already been introduced in the AGIS.
Mohammed made this announcement during the welcome ceremony of Governor Jonah Jang of Plataeu state. He said that this initiative aims to boost development and enable allottees use title documents as collaterals for financial transactions among other benefits. Mohammed stressed that this initiative will check forgery and land frauds.
Jang observed that the AGIS would make it possible for people to pay accurate rates for their lands and properties as well as facilitated excellent planning within FCT. The governor commended the achievements of the FCT administration in various sectors, as Abuja is now the focus and centre of attraction of Nigeria and the international community following its fast pace of development, excellent infrastructure and good geographic planning as well as excellent works of AGIS and the entire land administration system of FCT.
Mohammed, explained that the AGIS information stock comprises of seismic, spatial and geographic data adding that they could be quite useful in the areas of security and demographic information. He also assured the governor of all necessary assistance disclosing that Kano and Niger are far gone in reforming their own land administration systems and GIS after understudying AGIS.
Source: dailytimes.com.ng