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The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the implementation of the systematic land titling and registration across the country.

The Vice President said this while declaring open the National Stakeholders dialogue on land reform in Nigeria held in Abuja.

The dialogue organised by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLP) had the theme- Land Reform: creating strategic pathway to National Economic Development and wealth creation.

He said the systematic land titling and  registration was part of the recommendations the PTCLP made to the National Economic Council which had State Governors in attendance and noted that the Council endorsed the recommendation.

The Vice President lamented that only 3% of the Country’s land is currently documented and noted that there is a lot of undocumented land in the country.

He added that the country has witnessed some many land disputes in the form of farmers/Herders clashes and the boundary disputes between communities and enjoin all not to bury their heads in the sands hoping for a solution but to put ideological differences aside and support the government’s land reform efforts.

Prof. Osinbajo expressed optimism that the National Council of State will follow suit in endorsing the implementation of the Systematic land titling and registration.

He commended the committee for their work and charged all stakeholders to do more in order to unlock the potential of land in the country.

The Vice President equally charged the stakeholders to work towards the implementation of land reform as a tool for a better future for Nigeria.

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In his welcome remark, the Chairman of the PTCLR, Prof Peter Adeniyi enjoined all participants to actively participate in all the sessions of the dialogue. According to him “because we owe it as a sacred duty to ourselves and the future generations to define and design our own land governance system”

He said the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform was inaugurated by the late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua on April 2nd 2009 as a forerunner of the National Land Commission.

According to him” land reform is a purposeful change in the ways or manners in which land is held, administered, managed, used, accessed, exchanged. Etc”

He added that “ the key purpose of land reform is to improve the lot of the majority of the citizenry with a geographically defined political entity by government’s direct intervention through change of rules and forms of ownership, administrative and adjudication processes, pattern of relationships in connection with owners, acquiring and trading in land”

Prof Adeniyi said the mandate of the Committee among others was to collaborate and provide technical assistance to states and local governments to undertake land cadastral nationwide.

He further noted that the Committee was also to determine individual’s possessory rights using best practices and most appropriate technology and to recommend a mechanism for land valuation in both rural and urban areas in all parts of the federation.

The dialogue is expected to hold for four days and is organized around three subthemes: Institutionalizing systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria, Effective land administration and management in Nigeria and legal and institutional framework for land reform.

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The dialogue is supported by Dangote Group, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Abuja International Housing Show, The Africa Land Advisory Group, Ford Foundation, GIS Transport Limited. The Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing TV

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