From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Niger state Governor Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has concluded arrangement to officially unveil the state’s new Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) on Monday, August 4, 2014.
The state’s Commissioner of Information, Communication and Integration, Mallam Danladi Ndayebo who made this known yesterday in Minna, noted that the idea was part of the on-going efforts to reposition land administration for better service delivery.
Ndayebo stated that the scheme, which is being executed by the Niger State Geographic Information Systems (NIGIS) would assist in fast tracking the processes leading to the issuance of new Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O) to land owners across the state.
The commissioner said the project will make for proper documentation of all land matters and also unlock huge revenue potentials of the state.
He emphasized that since the current administration established NIGIS, there has been tremendous improvement in revenues accruing to the state from land related transactions.
He stated that once the new C of O is launched on August 4, 2014, land owners would have three months within which to present their old Certificates of Occupancy for recertification or regularization, failing which they will forfeit their titles.
Ndayebo explained that the new C of O is a two page (one sheet) document which contains information about the applicant, condition for granting the title, the Governor’s signature and the photograph of the applicant embossed on the front page.
He said a drawing which shows the size and coordinates each plot of land can be found on the back page of the new certificate of occupancy.