The Ogun State government has commenced moves to harmonise the operations of all land agencies in the state with a view to improving revenue generation from its vast land resources.
To this end, the state Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has approved the constitution of a Joint Revenue Committee on Land Matters to harness the operations and revenue drive of the agencies.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, who is the Chairman of the committee, during the inaugural meeting of the committee, in Abeokuta, that the move became imperative in order to create a synergy among land agencies towards bringing financial benefit to the state in line with global best practices. He called for the cooperation of all members of the committee towards the realisation of government aspirations for improved revenue.
â€œHitherto, we had been carrying out our activities in our different ways before now. There is now a need to coordinate our operations in a more effective way to achieve better results, with special emphasis on revenue generation,â€ he said.
In his own remarks, the Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Gbenga Ogunnoiki, who is also a member of the committee, said that property acquisition has been made easy in the state with the computerisation of all activities of the bureau.
He however noted that provision of infrastructure is key to value added on property, and that arrangement is underway with the Plant Gate Industry to dedicate equipment to the bureau to enhance opening up of schemes for allottees to develop as stipulated by law, adding that the bureau is also considering the engagement of land revenue consultants at the grass root.
â€œRight now, we have started making arrangements with the Plant Gate Industry to dedicate equipment to the bureau to enhance opening up of housing schemes so that allottees can develop their properties as stipulated by law,â€ he said.
Members of the Committee include the Director-General, Bureau of Land and Survey, Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Urban and Physical Planning, and the General Manager Urban and Regional Planning Board. Others are the Managing Director of the State Lead Tax Consultant (TAMC), Surveyor General of the State, Group Managing Director of Gateway Holdings Limited and Director, Regional Plan Office, among others.