By Etuka Sunday
The Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surv. Ebisintei Awudu has called on State Governments, especially from the northern zone, to adopt the systematic titling employed by the Nasarawa State Government in the administration of its land tenure services as it will boost their revenue generation.
Surv. Awudu who made the call while on familiarisation visit to the Nasarawa State Geographic Information System (NAGIS) located in Karu Local Government Area recently, stated that combining systematic and sporadic titling in land administration was the way to go in the present dispensation of technological advancement.
A statement by the Head of Press, Grace Njoku quoted him to have described the Nasarawa State Project as a laudable venture which would increase the State’s revenue base.
According to him, the funds generated can in turn be channelled into other sectors in need of development. This is just as he stated that presently, the seed money invested by the government has already been surpassed by the management team of NAGIS set up for the purpose.
While commending the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura for his vision in setting up the technical team to ensure the realization of NAGIS, he also added that the United Nations encourages this system of land administration, as it was faster, more effective and less cumbersome than the earlier methods used in handling land management.
Furthermore, he said, as the National Mapping Agency of the nation, the Office will fully support the technical team of the Nasarawa State Government in the quest to give its citizens the dividends of democracy and good governance.
In his remarks, the Nasarawa State Surveyor-General, Yusuf Awuya stated that NAGIS will enable the government to enjoy technological and economical development at a quicker pace.
He described the project as an empowerment programme, and therefore called on residents of the State to take advantage of the improvement in technology to get their lands titled.
Earlier, the Project Manager, NAGIS, Mr. Rowland Claus stated that as a service agency for the State, the scheme is providing mapping and data for decision making for the government, adding that the system also provides fast and secure land titles for the citizens which in turn leads to greater revenue generation for the State.