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Land matters: Anambra to begin use of geographic information system

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THE full implementation of the Geographic Information System (GIS), in land administration in Anambra State will soon begin as the installation process has reached advanced stage.

  The Commissioner for Lands, Bonaventure Enemali made this revelation while speaking with journalists in Awka where he explained that the automated system will reduce the delay people experience in acquiring lands and getting title documents in the state.

  “It was understood that the implementation was delayed due to the closure of boundaries, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  “Land acquisition and ownership are some of the major challenges facing the development of any urban population and success in addressing these two challenges, seen by most city planning experts as hydra-headed monster will determine to a larger extent how a particular society will become sustainable for its inhabitants.

  “This is why the present Anambra State Government led by Governor Willie Obiano introduced different land reforms to reduce the time frame that it takes to acquire a land and obtain its title documents such as the transfer of the signing of certificate of occupancy for private lands to the Attorney General of the state which now makes it easy for one to obtain the C of O within 14 days.

  Not resting on the oars of the praise from this report, the Land Commissioner, Mr Enemali said the ministry has and is introducing more reforms in land administration in the state to make it easier for people to acquire lands and obtain their title documents as fast as possible.

  According to Mr Enemali, the geographic information system which Governor Obiano signed to be enabled by Techbridge when fully implemented will help people seeking to acquire lands easier access to available lands in the state, automate land search, reduce double allocation, prevent land grabbing and ultimately increase the ability to acquire land documents online through a safe and secure means.

  While conducting journalists round the proposed centre for the installation of geographic information system, the Lands Commissioner explained that the ministry has also introduced the Electronic Data Management System which will reduce human to human contacts and has made its payment schedules for all fees being made payable to government to reduce the possible sharp practices that were hitherto in practice when the payment schedule was a secret document.

  He therefore beckoned on investors to maximize the opportunities made available by ongoing land reforms in the state to think Anambra.

  Meanwhile, in view of the state government’s vision on Akuluo uno initiative,Anambra State Government in collaboration with Maintenance Passive Infrastructure (MPI), has visited Millenium Estate to inspect the ongoing project.

  Speaking to National Light, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke, who affirmed the group as being capable to deliver to standard, also urged developers to replicate such standard project in other parts of the state.

 “I believe once the work has been done, ndi-Anambra would be able to access, and buy into this, own plots, and this brings development. We only want to set the standard for people to follow” Dr. Okeke said.

 Contributing, Managing Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Mr. Jide Ikeakor, said they essentially decided to use a Public Private Partnership model to expedite the development of both Real, Residential, and Industrial Estate in Anambra State.

 “The total project is a100 hectares, the phases have started, and people have started enquiring and expressing their interest” Ikeakor added.

  He also noted that the quality, template, and set back of the project is undeniable. “It is something that people can see and make their own decisions as to what we put on ground. It would take a few years to complete, but the first phase would be turned out quickly” he assured.

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