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To boost economy, Edo to launch GIS


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

• Partners Italy On Human Trafficking
To enhance economic activities in Edo State, Governor has said the state was gearing to launch its Geographical Information System (GIS), which would facilitate prompt insurance of Certificate of Occupancy and transfer of land titles for business purposes.

Speaking at the Edo State Government House, Benin City, when he received the management of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and the British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos, Ms Laure Baufils, Obaseki said: “When people seek to do business in a particular place, they are looking at land issues, ease of transferring titles, and obtaining C of O. The good news is that we have taken measures in the past six months to come up with a system that will ease these processes and attract investors to the state”.

The governor also disclosed that the administration was working closely with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning to speedily ensure that the process of getting approval for businesses was simplified.


Baufils praised the governor for the ongoing reforms on land rights, tax harmonisation and proper data collection process for businesses to thrive in the state.

Meanwhile, to arrest the phenomenon of human trafficking, the government of Edo State has revealed it would adopt policies to clamp down on the cartels involved in the unwholesome act while meeting with expatriates from Italy and Britain to partner address the scourge.

The Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki disclosed this at a 2-day workshop in Benin City themed ‘Human Trafficking – Plight, Plan and the Way Forward’.

The aim of the workshop was to generate ideas that would help in legislation and formulation of policies to deal with the cartels involved in human trafficking and eradicate the menace due to the dangers victims were exposed to in search of greener pasture outside the shores of Nigeria.

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