Lagos governor signs over 11,000 land titles in two years

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule (right); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left) and Chairman, House Committee on Lands Bureau, Hon. Bayo Osinowo (2nd left) during the commissioning of the upgraded and redesigned Land Registry at the Lands Bureau, Alausa, Ikeja

In the last two years, over eleven thousand land titles have been signed and issued in Lagos State.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who gave the statistics at the commissioning of a redesigned land registry, said a total of 4,602 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O), as well as 6,118 Governor’s consent and 314 deemed grant consent, totaling 11, 034 land titles had been signed and issued in the last 24 months.

Governor Ambode affirmed that deliberate massive reforms had been put in place by his administration to reposition land administration for efficiency and enhance the ease of doing business.

According to him, when the administration came on board, one of the major challenges hampering the ease of doing business was the bottlenecks in land administration.

He noted that immediate steps were taken to reform the sector, especially through the deployment of cutting-edge technology to drive efficiency in the Land Registry, Administration and Management System.

 “This new registry is equipped with a Thomson Reuters Institute of technology modules designed to conduct rapid inventory of actual/existing land rights, automate and manage land records and ensure integration of geographic data/Survey, this solution also comes with online consummation of all levels of services rendered by the Lands Bureau.

With this new registry, we will streamline the process of registering title and remove the bottlenecks previously associated with the process, the redesigned layout of the registry makes it more service friendly to all who have land transactions to process,” the Governor hinted.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule (right) during the commissioning of the upgraded and redesigned Land Registry at the Lands Bureau, Alausa, Ikeja

One stop shop

He added that in addition to the new registry, government had introduced the concept of the “Land Administration Campus” by bringing all agencies and Ministries involved in Land Administration to one location to further ease the process of land registration and titling.

“With this, the Office of the State Surveyor General will move to the quadrangle and occupy the office of the Ministry of Environment,” he affirmed.

The Governor explained that the idea was to create a One–Stop shop where the Office of the State Surveyor General, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and the Lands Bureau were located within the same complex, to fast-track the processing of land titles.

He expressed optimism that with the new arrangement, coupled with the deployment of the new Integrated Land Administration and Automation System and the Geographical Information System, the State Government would achieve a combined effect of making the process of securing land title seamless, and also engender the highest level of security and integrity of title document.

Governor Ambode also vowed to stamp out the issue of land grabbing from the state once and for all.

“I want to use this opportunity to restate the commitment of our administration to stamp out land grabbing, we will arrest and prosecute any identified land grabber; we assure all our investors of the safety of their property and urge you to take advantage of our Task Force on Land Grabbing if you encounter any challenges,” he said.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabule, said the completion of the new land Registry was a significant milestone towards revolutionizing land administration in the state.