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Kaduna inaugurates electronic land registry


Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has signed the first set of digital Certificates of Occupancy produced by the state’s new electronic land registry. This was sequel to the creation of the Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), an agency backed by state legislation.

The governor also inspected the facilities of KADGIS, and commended efforts being made to digitize the land archive.In a statement signed by his Special Assitant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, Elrufai, during the visit, was quoted as saying that the government is making the process of securing title easier and more user-friendly for citizens.

He explained that the by digitising land titles, the state is ensuring the integrity of title documents, and urged residents of the state to use the services of KADGIS to obtain title documents that are valid and secure.

According to Aruwan, “As FCT minister from 2003 to 2007, El-Rufai established the first electronic land registry in Nigeria. He was expected to replicate that feat in Kaduna as part of the process of restoring the state as a modern, rule-based state. KADGIS is expected to vastly increase the registration of land titles in the state, where most properties do not have Certificates of Occupancy. As a major capital project of the current government, KADGIS is also expected to make a significant contribution to improving internally generated revenue (IGR) in the state.
“KADGIS replaced the former Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning.”

The law establishing KADGIS was passed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly following an executive bill. KADGIS was established to create an electronic land registry and to facilitate the registration of land documents in the state.”

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