Ogun State government has adopted an easy approach to the processes of Certificate of Occupancy and other title documentation, director of lands services in the state’s Bureau of Lands, Mr Kunle Osota has said.
The state is achieving this with the use of consultants to fast track land title documentation, Osota said and that the government has mobilised 19 companies as land revenue consultants to take land title documentation services to the grassroots through a house-to-house campaign.
Among the land revenue consultant firms engaged for the campaign are A.A. Consulting, Fellow Konsult & Associate, Site & Service Concept Nigeria Limited, Intel Global Credit Solutions Limited, GAEI Investment Limite, Jide Taiwo & Co and GPS Limited. Mr Osota said the consultants, who started work recently, have reported good response to the initiative from members of the public.
He explained that the role of the consultants is to carry out a comprehensive enumeration of land assets in the state and to help land as well as property owners to process their title documents such as the state’s GIS-based certificates of occupancy, title recertification, title registration, title transfer and other forms of land documentation. The media assistant added that the consultants do not charge property owners any money for services rendered as the state government has signed a contract with the consultants that makes appropriate provision for their compensation.
The land title documentation scheme is officially known as Accelerated Land Titling and Recertification Project (ALTREP). Osota explained that ALTREP is designed to build up a comprehensive data base of land assets in the state to aid planning and development. He added that the project is also aimed at raising revenue for the state government.
Osota said 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 land title documentation will guarantee the issuance of certificates of occupancy within weeks, rather than months as was the case in the past. It explained that its GIS technology that powers the new approach to land documentation has delivered the capacity to replace the old Cs of O for applicants and issue new ones on request within weeks.
With the new technology, according to the Bureau, records of registered properties have been converted into a database and are currently being matched with their files for safe keeping, thereby enhancing the capacity to guarantee quick and reliable title search and other transactions. The Bureau said registered properties enjoy the security that the system offers as long as the owners update their records by registering all transactions at the Deeds Registry.