Al-Makura Signs 300 Land Titles, Vows To Beat 1,000 Target In 2017


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Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, yesterday signed 300 Certificates of Occupancy (Cs-of-O) thereby setting the pace for what to expect in 2017 under the states land administration platform, the Nasarawa Geographic Information Service (NAGIS).

Signing the documents in Lafia, Al-Makura reiterated his resolve to give NAGIS the needed impetus to continue to break new frontiers in land administration in the country.

He said his administration is committed to delivering over 1,000 certificates of occupancy in 2017 which will raise the bar for service delivery in digital land administration.

Al-Makura called on residents of the state to acquire titles for their lands to secure them and enjoy other corresponding benefits like access to mortgage facilities.

“This administration will continue to promote the collective prosperity of its citizens. We have put a robust land administration system in place to ensure our people in rural and urban areas harness their land potentials to add value to their lives,” he said. Speaking on the landmark achievement, the state commissioner of land and town planning, Mr. Sonny Agassi, said the signing of the 300 Cs-of-O brings to a total of 1,357 Cs-of-O signed by the governor since assumption of office five years ago. Crediting the success of digital land administration to the dogged commitment of governor Al-Makura, Agassi said NAGIS has set its sight on generating and collecting over N1 billion as internally generated revenue. He said the governor has within five years eclipsed the efforts of all previous administrations in the state simce its creation in 1996. He pointed out that between 1996 to 1999, under two military administrations, only 310 Cs-of-O were signed and issued their owners. He explained that during the 8 year reign of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as governor from 1999-2007, only 214 were signed and issued, indicating an almost 100 percent drop in what previous military governments accomplished in less than three years. Figures rolled out revealed further that the worst period for land administration in the state was from 2007 to 2011 when the then governor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma, signed only 24 certificates and issued same. However, from 2011 to date, governor Al-Makura has signed 1, 057 certificates of occupancy out of which 870 have been issued with 187 yet to be collected, in an aggregate of 1, 598 signed by various administrations since the fifth generation state was created. Agassi maintained that the story is different now and credited the success to the visionary leadership of governor Almakura who, through the Nasarawa Geographic Information Service (NAGIS) has digitalized land administration in the state thereby making it easy for property owners to get titles.