By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) has announced a 40 per cent increase in revenue generated from the sales of land in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from 2016-2017.
The revelation was made by the agencyâ€™sÂ Acting Director of Land Administration, Malam Adamu Jibrin Hussaini, while briefing journalists.
He said the improvement was enabled by theÂ deployment of cutting-edge accounting software, the best of its kind in any public accounting agency in the country.
Hussaini said an increase of N600m was generated over the period.
TheÂ agencyâ€™s daily internally generated revenue from land also jumped to N50million from N9million per day.
â€œThe software, known as Microsoft Dynamics, was in the most part configured by AGIS in-house staff, to reduce the lengthy protocol the agency usually undertook in the generation of bills, tracking transactions and issuance of receipts of payment. The Application integrates seamlessly with the Land Information System (LIS) and the collection banksâ€™ interfaces, thereby automating the processes of revenue collection, customer file updates, auditing and checking end â€“ to â€“ end, thus, making the entire workflow very effective for operational analysis,â€ Hussaini said.
Among other Â landmark achievements recorded in the agency are a reduction in waiting time for legal search to between 24 and 48 hours from the nearly four to five days it took to obtain this service in the past.
On his part, AGIS Director, Land,Â Dr. Isa Jalo, disclosed that the FCT Administration had initiated the signing of Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O), after reforming the institutional frameworks for land services delivery.Â
According to him, over 1,000 Cs of O had been signed and were ready for delivery to their owners, while delays in the signing of cleared land titles have been eliminated.
He said the Land Use and Allocation Committee (LUAC), which had been moribund in the past years has recovered its statutory status as the clearing house for all land related issues.
Â Jilo underscored theÂ enhanced synergy between the various land services stakeholder departments, like Urban and Regional Planning, Survey and Mapping, Land Administration, AGIS, which has eliminated various bottlenecks in the processing of land title documents in the administration.