Disturbed that less than three per cent of land nationwide has been registered in over 100 years ago, the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR) has perfected arrangements to commence the Systematic Land Titling and Registration (SLTR) in Anambra State.
The committee was set up in 2009 to tackle the difficulty of registering landed property in Nigeria. Under the scheme, rights to land in a particular area are systematically ascertained and documented in an official register of land titles.
In a joint meeting between the PTCLR and the State government in Awka, the two bodies agreed to work together to adopt the new systematic land titling and registration as against the old sporadic system, which is cumbersome, less transparent, slow and expensive.
He said the scheme would transform the lives of rural people, who will have the opportunity of acquiring land titles as collateral.The PTCLR Chairman, Prof. Peter Adeniyi reiterated that proper land titling and registration would help the government to know what it has in terms of land resource and taxable property and be able to plan ahead.
Adeniyi emphasized the need for the Federal Government to overhaul the present land governance system in Nigeria with a view to achieving increased internally generated revenue, tenure security, employment and poverty reduction.
The Committee chairman noted that current weak land governance situation in the country with its devastating effects on the socio-economic, political and environment has made effective management and planning of the land in the community a mirage.
Adeniyi regretted that government has not been able to properly plan and manage land due to lack of data and has also failed to generate reasonable revenue from its land resources in terms of land taxes and transaction fees.
The Committee was charged with the responsibility to among others, collaborate and provide technical assistance to States and Local Governments to undertake land cadastral nationwide.
By Bertram Nwannkenma