Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad, Lafia

The Director General of the Nasarawa State Geographic Information System (NAGIS), Mr. Sonny Agassi, has said property is now a bankable asset in the state. Mr. Agassi said this when the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Sule, visited the NAGIS office in Karu recently.

He said, “The prompt signing of Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) for private property owners by Gov. Abdullahi Sule has opened a new chapter in the history of the state, as NAGIS is ever ready to ensure citizens and businesses obtain maximum benefits obtainable by using their bankable instruments to improve on the state’s economy. NAGIS is prepared to improve its services to serve every citizen of Nasarawa State and beyond.”

He said there had never been a time to obtain a C-of-O than now “given the zeal and commitment of the governor to liberalise the state’s economy to a 21st Century model where bankable assets grew an economy.”

Mr. Agassi further said the process of acquiring a C-of-O was relative to the size of land, and that the state charged the lowest rate in Nigeria, adding that the duration ranged from one to three weeks depending on some factors. Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Sule called on land owners in the state to acquire their title documents from NAGIS in order to enable them access facilities from banks and other organisations. The governor has already signed about 400 C-of-O in less than three months and directed that legal property owners should check for and collect them so as to allow them access facilities from different institutions and at the end engage in other businesses.