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Anambra Govt moves to end illegal taxation, extortion in Lands Ministry

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ANAMBRA State Governor, Willie Obiano has expressed determination to foil all illegal taxation, extortion and other unlawful allocation of land that had been existing in the state’s Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning.

 This was made known when members of the Anambra State House of Assembly visited the Lands Ministry to ascertain its mode of operation, as well as level of progress recorded by the present Commissioner, Mr Bonaventure Enemali.

 The visit was made by House Committee on Tender and Procurement, led by its chairman, who is also the member, representing Idemili South, Chuka Ezenwune.

  During their visit, the committee inspected the ministry’s environment as well as the hall for the Geographic Information System (GIS) introduced by the commissioner.

  The committee also observed that a well-designed hall is equipped with computers, with 80 staff to operate the computers, where every land data in the state would be saved to end paper work.

  Receiving the committee, in his office, Mr. Enemali noted that the innovation was as a result of Gov. Willie Obiano’s directive that all lands in the state would be electronically accessed to promote transparency and discourage fraudulent activities related to lands.

  According to him, the Electronics Data Management System (EDMS) will capture every land data online, as it will end paper documentation to further avoid the tale of loss of files.

 “The digital documentation of lands will put to an end double allocation, illegal taxation, but provide relevant information on lands in the state. With that, land applicants will pay at the right channel into the government’s account and present to us the evidence of payment for proper processing.

   “With this development, you do not need to come to the Ministry of Lands for any reason. You will get every information at the comfort of your home. If you must come, the customer service will attend to you and with this, you will not have interface with the land processing staff.

  “This will end unnecessary extortion and promote prompt response to land applications. Secondly, our staff have been trained on every necessary land information and other related ICT programmes,” Enemali explained.

  In their reactions, the leader of the committee, Mr.  Ezenwune observed that the new Geographic Information System would go a long way in solving the major problem of double allocation of lands, as recorded previously.

  He said, “it is a digital system of  land documentation. We see such initiative in Abuja and it makes it easier to access your land or the state’s land anywhere in the world.

 “You have done noble and it is commendable. I urge the pioneer staff of GIS to live up to expectations and ensure transparency and accuracy in their documentation, especially, when it concerns figures.” Ezenwune charges.

  He commended Commissioner Enemali for commitment and dedication in transforming the ministry.

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