The Edo Government has said that only 30,000 Certificate of Occupancy (CofOs) were issued by it in 50 years, which includes the period of Midwest State, Bendel State and the present Edo.
Mr Frank Evbuomwan, the Managing Director, Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS) told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Sunday the issued C of Os covered only five per cent of the properties in the state, adding that EDOGIS was poised to change this. He said that the agency, which became fully operational in 2018, had so far issued no fewer than 1,200 C of Os, with a target to issue 10,000 in 2020 alone.
The official said that not only had the issuance of C of Os been digitised, the process had been made easier and also cheaper. According to him: “With less than seven weeks after making payment, you are sure to have your C of O.
“It comes at a reduced amount, a quarter of the several hundreds of Naira spent on the same certificate before now, depending on the size of the property. “We have digitalised the manual process of land administration in the state; EDOGIS has ensured efficiency and effectiveness in land administration in the state.
”So far, we have issued about 1200 C of Os, bearing in mind that we started about a year ago. “Unlike the features that characterised the former certificates, especially with the ability to easily fake it, this new one comes with a lot of features such that it will be extremely impossible to be faked. “It comes with a water marked features that you can barely see.
There is also a machine readable encode, among other features,” he said. The EDOGIS boss said that the agency, which is set up as a quasi-private sector driven government agency, had carried out the aerial survey of all the urban centres of the state.
He added that the aerial survey would be extended to the rural areas. “What this means is that we now have a graphical representation of what properties look like in the state, we are now tying that to the owners. “Our aim is to eliminate the grey areas to properties ownership in the state in the next few months,” he said. (NAN)
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