By Yinka Kolawole
The Federal Government is set to unveil a new administrative map for the country, haven already commenced the bit by bit collection of the entire geographical mass in a digital form.
Surveyor_General of the Federation, Mr. Austin Njepuome, who disclosed this during an interactive session organised by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform, said that the new map will be released in a matter of months.
Njepuome noted that the move is in line with President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s land reform policy initiatives towards achieving the Vision 202020 goal.
â€œThe need for reforming land administration system in Nigeria is due to the identified deficiencies associated with the laws governing land matters to adequately empower individuals and groupsÂ Â for the upliftment of their standards of living.
â€œCertificate of Occupancy is an evidence that the land belongs to you, but land without documents are risky because the land could be claimed and taken over by another person since they have no title. The title empowers you as the owner to claim the land and have something to show for it. It will even serve as collateral in business transactions,â€ he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the committee, Prof Akin Mabogunje, noted that sections 34.2 and 36.2 of the Land Use Act provides that â€œin a developed land, the person in possession of such land could continue holding such a land as if the holder has the statutory ownership of such a landâ€.
He averred that this has resulted into several conflicts on land matters in the country. â€œHistoryis replete with several facts that no country has ever developed without using existing technology to transform its land administration systems. Land and as well as its reform process are by nature, social and also economic.
â€œThey reflect wide and divergent socio_economic interests of individuals, families, groups, associations and corporate bodies, which is why most African countries are now undertaking land reforms to capitalise the land assets of the vast majority of their citizen,â€ he stated.