Global best practice in land administration

Land is an essential component of a state’s economy, as no meaningful development can take place without its use. It constitutes a substantial portion of

8/1/2021 8:17:00 AM

Land is an essential component of a state’s economy, as no meaningful development can take place without its use. It constitutes a substantial portion of a state’s wealth.

Land is an essential component of a state’s economy, as no meaningful development can take place without its use. It constitutes a substantial portion of

Research has revealed that almost 80 percent of development activities take place on land, hence the need for efficient information management of its use through Geographic Information System (GIS). According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), there can be no sustainable development without secured land rights.

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In order to achieve a secured land right as anticipated, a Geographic Information System framework, basically for gathering, managing and analyzing data is required. States in Nigeria such as Oyo, Kaduna, Lagos, Edo, Benue, Niger, Bauchi, Cross-River, Nasarawa states and Abuja among others have keyed into the establishment of GIS.

The adoption of GIS technology in land administration and management by the Ogun State Bureau of Lands and Survey was intended to provide adequate and reliable information on land that is captured into the system for it to effectively perform the land documentation task in the state. headtopics.com

For full implementation of GIS regime in land administration and management, the Bureau in conjunction with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ-SEDIN) organized training for professionals with the theme, “Application of GIS to Land Administration” where the procedures of GIS application and technicalities involved were adequately introduced to the participants to update their knowledge in digitalization, to aid operational strategies.

The bureau has also stopped manual billing system and assessment with the introduction of an electronic billing system known as Pay Value which has enhanced transparency in land matters. Bills are now electronically generated, bringing an end to the era of manual generation of bills with all its shortcomings.

This effort of the government on land administration, apart from turning the state to an industrial hub through rapid infrastructural development, will also reposition its economy. The development will enhance the system of managing and delivering data in a new perspective as well as getting adequate and functional feedback. With the system, the public can now search on-line for any information regarding land matters in the state with ease.

Morolayo Fadairo writes from Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State Read more: Daily Trust »

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