The Ogun State government has mobilised 19 land revenue consultancy firms to take land title documentation services to the grass roots through a house-to-house campaign, as part of efforts to fast-track land title documentation.
As a result of the development, the state government declared that it has completed more than 90 per cent of outstanding land allocations in the state.
In a statement, the Director of Lands Services in the state‘s Bureau of Lands, Mr Kunle Osota, said that the consultants, who started work recently, had reported good response to the initiative from members of the public.
He explained that the role of the consultants was to carry out a comprehensive enumeration of land assets in the state and to help land and property owners to process their title documents easily. Such documents, according to him, are the state’s GIS-based certificates of occupancy, title re-certification, title registration, title transfer and other forms of land documentation.
Osota added that the consultants did not charge property owners any money for services rendered as the state government had signed a contract with the consultants that made appropriate provision for their compensation. The land title documentation scheme is officially known as Accelerated Land Titling and Re-certification Project (ALTREP).
Osota said that ALTREP was designed to build up a comprehensive data base of land assets in the state to aid planning and development. He added that the project was also aimed at raising revenue for the state government.
“The state government has completed more than 90 per cent of outstanding land allocations in the state and signed most of the certificates of occupancy for applicants. The Bureau of Lands and Survey has said that the new system of land title documentation will guarantee the issuance of certificates of occupancy within weeks, rather than months as was the case in the past,” he said.
Osota explained that the bureau‘s GIS technology that powers the new approach to land documentation had delivered the capacity to replace the old Cs-of-O for applicants and issue new ones on request within weeks.
He remarked that with the new technology, records of registered properties have been converted into a database and are currently being matched with their files for safe keeping. This, according to the bureau, this enhances the capacity to guarantee quick and reliable title search and other transactions.
The statement added that registered properties would enjoy the security that the system offered as long as the owners updated their records by registering all transactions at the Deeds Registry.