The Federal Government has no plans to repeal the Land Use Act, but rather working to review the law with a view to removing bottlenecks on land registration and titling in the country.
Chairman, Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR), Prof. Peter Adeniyi, revealed this while speaking with journalists recently. According to him, “it is important at this point to state categorically that the land reform programme of the Federal Government is not intended to repeal the Land Use Act or usurp the powers of the state governors and local government chairmen in land administration or deny individuals or communities the right to their lands.”
Adeniyi noted that while land reform is critical to the transformation agenda of the Jonathan administration, the government’s focus is on identifying and removing bottlenecks hindering land titling and registration process within the current land administration system in Nigeria. He said the presidential committee initiated pilot schemes on identification and registration of title rights in Kano and Ondo states to usher in a new land administration system in the country.
Recall that stakeholders in the housing sector including property developers, estate surveyors and valuers, have made several presentations to the National Assembly calling for the repeal of the Land Use Act. They contend that the Act confers so much power on state governors on land transactions and led to the politicisation of land administration in the states, making it cumbersome, expensive and time-consuming to obtain land and title rights for housing development. They argue that a repeal of the Act would enhance development of affordable housing in the country.