By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Kogi State government has commissioned its Geographic Information System, KOGIS, to bequeath to the state a secured land management system that can process, analyse, store and retrieve land data electronically.
The system is also designed to help track kidnappers, robbers and other criminals in the state.
The state governor, Yahaya Bello, who commissioned it yesterday, said the launch of KOGIS will move the state away from the inefficient era of analogue system of land documentation to a computerised land administration system that will increase the channels of service delivery to the public through modern ICT tools.
He said the GIS will also aid in the tracking of kidnappers, robbers and other criminal hideouts.
Bello lamented that the state had, over the years, lost significant revenue due to the inefficient manual processes, inadequate infrastructure framework and analogue system of land documentation and record keeping.
He said with the launch of KOGIS, all property owners were expected to re-certify their Certificates of Occupancy, Cs of O, where they existed, while holders of Right of Occupancy, R of O, are to obtain the secured C of O.
The governor said: “The greatest merit of the system is that land racketeering, double allocation, missing of land files, haphazard land allocation, document mutilation, outright fraud and encroachment associated with the analogue land administration is gone for good.”
In his remarks, Commissioner for Works, Land, Housing and Urban Development, Engr. Abdulmumini Sadiq, said with the system, land administration was automated in line with global best practice.
Sadiq said the consultants, SMBI Profe-ssional Services Limited, has displayed exceptional professional competence.