By Kingsley Adegboye
Given the centrality of land to the development of the nation, and its importance to Lagos State in particular, the Research and Innovation Office of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba in partnership with Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development of the university, has concluded plans to hold International Conference on Land and Development.
The three-day event which is billed to take place in the university between October 24 and 26, has its theme as Land and Development in Lagos. The sub-themes include Land tenure system; Land valuation, land use historical, political and social evolution; Land development; Spatial data infrastructure and Land administration; and Land management policy and advocacy.
According to Prof. Rufus Akinyele of the University of Lagos, and the convener of the international conference, the conference will feature exhibitions on the side by interested practitioners and stakeholders in the land use and development value chain which include proprietors of land for sale, housing estate developers, housing plan and mortgage schemes providers, rent-to-own schemes, land reclamation and dredging companies, industrial and mixed use land developers and surveyors and valuers.
Prof. Akinyele who said the conference will equally feature an Honours Award ceremony for sponsors and partners of the conference, disclosed that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is expected to be the special guest of honour while Senator Gbenga Ashafa will be the guest of honour.
In his remarks, Prof. Wellington Oyibo of the Research and Innovation Office and Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the conference, said the keynote speakers include Prof. P. C. Nwilo who is the former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Prof. Peter Adeniyi, Chairman, Presidential Technical Committee on Land Use and Land Reforms and Dr. Mika-Petteri Torhonem, Lead Land Administration Specialist of the World Bank.