The Kogi State Government in her bid to improve the quality of land administration and property database for effective decision making in line with World Bank SFTAS DLi5 requirement, is embarking on Property Enumeration and Identification (PEI) exercise alongside with Property Owner Express (POE) program.
The exercise which is channeled towards realization of the government’s cardinal project of the Urban Renewal Program is fundamental to stimulating investment growth, infrastructural development as well as smooth and secured land tenure system in Kogi State.
According to the Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Urban Development, Hon. Nazir Yusuf Ochi, the essence of this exercise is to furnish the State Government with ample information which will further aid decision making through digitization and proper storage of all data records gathered from houses across the state in terms of number of occupants, building plans, access to social amenities on the Kogi State Geographic and Information System (KOGIS).
In the same vein, the State Government has approved a discounted cost of a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to existing houses across the State, ranging from N100, 000.00 in GRAs and organized layout, N50, 000.00 to semi-formal settlement and N35,000.00 to informal settlement in an effort to increase individual capital investment profile.
Both programs will run concurrently for a period of three (3) months starting from May 3rd to August 3rd 2021.
Speaking further on the importance of the programs, the Director-General added that the present administration led by His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is a dynamic government that focus on people oriented programs to ensure sustainable, good and reliable service delivery of his mandate in the best possible form to the people hence; this exercise will go a long way in providing equipped information for public sector planning, investment and decision making as well as evaluation of policies, revenue potential accrual from Land Use and other active government benefits.
He further called on the people to support and co-operate with those who will be on the field for the collection of data in Lokoja Metropolis while laying emphasis on the common good which the exercise intends to achieve and charged property owners to take advantage of this window period to legalize their property title for future benefit.