The FederalÂ Government has commenced moves to formulate a national land policy aimed at reforming the nationâ€™s land laws, with a view to accelerating the procedure for obtaining title to land in the country, which had hitherto been slow and inefficient.
Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. HassanÂ Muhammad Lawal, who disclosed this at a workshop on land administration, noted that the move will also help streamline land titling and documentation as an important instrument for land use and development in the country.
Lawal recalled the efforts of the housing ministry in pushing for the programme of modernisation and computerisation of land records in the country which led to the establishment of the Federal Land Information System (FELIS).
â€œI am quite delighted to note that the programme which saw the establishment of the Federal Land Information System (FELIS) has been quite successful.Â Service Centres for FELIS have been established in many of our Field Offices in the States preparatory to undertaking a nationwide Federal land records authentication and re-validation exercise.
â€œWe are working to improve land services in our States offices to ensure efficient interface with the beneficiaries of the Federal GovernmentÂ land allocations as well as for exchange of data with individual State Land Departments and State Land RegistriesÂ to develop the National Land Depository,â€ he stated.
Also speaking at the occasion, Minister of State for Housing, Mrs.Â Grace Ekpiwhre, said that the National Technical Development Forum on Land Administration has been working to ensure the harmonisation of land operations as well as establishment of appropriate standards and formats for implementing land administration across the nation.
Ekpiwhre noted that the workshop provided an avenue to work out an agreeable and functional system for improvedÂ processes in land administration which is in tandem with the land reform agenda of the Yarâ€™adua government.