Land reform a must despite inconvenience – Kwankwaso
Kano State Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said the demolition of illegal structures currently going on in the state is aimed at making Kano more habitable, modern and cosmopolitan.
The governor who made the statement at public presentation of the new Kano State Certificate of Occupancy, explained that government had no option but to initiate lands reforms, despite their inconveniences in the public interest.
He said the state government established the Kano Geographical Information System (KANGIS) to make Certificates of Occupancy easily obtainable, pointing out that one of its benefits is the provision of precise and accurate geographical data.
“As a departure from the past, people can now get their land documents with ease and guaranteed security.
“The technology of KANGIS will be used to sanitize and secure the state capital and rid it of ghettos,” Kwankwaso said.
With this development, he said even petty traders and artisans will be able to obtain loans from financial institutions by using their certificates as collateral to increase their capital and improve their living conditions.
In this regard, Kwankwaso advised people in the state to take advantage of the services offered by KANGIS and urged property owners to pay their outstanding ground rents and other statutory charges to enable government provide more amenities and services.
“In this era of resource control, we have to look inward, identify our resources and device modern ways to control our resources.
“Land undoubtedly is our number one resource and if exploited rightly, it can sustain us in case of any eventuality,” Kwankwaso said.