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Ministry launches digitalised land portal, issues 6,685 C-of-Os

By Cornelius Essen, Abuja
15 May 2023   |   2:40 am
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has deployed a computerised system in land administration, which enabled the signing and clearing of 31 year-old arrears of Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-O).

Babatunde Fashola. PIX:Twitter

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has deployed a computerised system in land administration, which enabled the signing and clearing of 31 year-old arrears of Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-O).

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who stated this at the opening of Business Process Automation for Federal Lands in Abuja, also explained that this has made it possible for seamless issuance of 6,685 C-of-O within eight years, as well as make things better for citizens.

He said: “We are digitalising the processes and we will not be carrying over 50,000 files on land matters again. Imagine, from three months experience in getting the document to 24 hours. This means prosperity for people.”

The minister, therefore, urged all citizens to embrace the new innovation, saying, this era of information technology is meant for people to key in to it to have access to a portal for processing and issuing of certificate of occupancy.

“The contract for e-C-of-O was awarded in 2022 to Messrs IQSSS Limited and this is phase one, while phase two is underway, which will complete the entire exercise for land management in Nigeria. It is for improved efficiency of service delivery,” he added.

Also, the Permanent Secretary, Folorunso Esan, explained that the objective of the project is to design and develop a fully automated solution that would digitise recurring processes leading to generation of documents, using biometric authentication.

Esan stated that they have successfully integrated with TSA-Remita and Federal Internal Revenue Service platforms for seamless payment of land charges and stamp duties, saying, this will eliminate fraudulent practices inherent in the manual process.

He explained that the web-based system would enable full audit on all staff actions thereby enhancing productivity, efficiency and also enable easy applications, payment process, real time status updates on C-of-O document, secure verification among others.

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