The Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform, PTCLR, have praised Nasarawa State government for introducing the Nasarawa State Geographic Information Service, NAGIS which saw the Government addressing the challenges of land registration and ownership in the state.
The PTCLR, chairman Professor Peter Adeniyi, who commended Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for dealing decisively with the critical challenges of land ownership and administration faced in Nigeria, shortly after inspecting facilities at the NAGIS office in Karu on Tuesday said.
“What we saw is far from what is existing in many states of the federation, we are happy, the situation is impressive and encouraging.”
PTCLR is a special committee inaugurated by former president Goodluck Jonathan to work with states to improve land administration in the country.
The chairman of the committee disclosed that in the last assessment by the World Bank, Nigeria ranked 184 out of 185 countries in Africa in terms of land administration a situation that motivated the last administration to set up the committee to fashion out ways for proper land administration system.
“Only about 3% of the lands in Nigeria are registered, making land administration difficult and also scaring to local and foreign investors.”
According to him Governor Al-Makura with the introduction of NAGIS, with the interaction they had with the committee and the facilities they saw has addressed the fundamental issues and challenges of land ownership and administration creating a more effective and flexible system.
“With what we have seen here, they are trying to simplify the process, make it more reliable, friendly and even more transparent.”
The committee said Nasarawa is indeed a pacesetter in championing land reforms and encourage other states to learn and follow suit.
The state Commissioner for Lands and Survey, who hosted the delegation was full of excitement with the commendation the state received from the team, stressing that the are motivated to do better.
“The team encompasses people from the academia, people that know bureaucracy, people from the civil society, that have traveled far and wide, within and outside the country. The have seen the system within and outside the shores and they have affirm what we are doing, which they said was beyond their expectations that has really giving us the encouragement and motivation to do better”, he said.
Governor Al-Makura’s stance on land has received backing and commendations from reputable organizations within and outside the country.