Land re­form a must de­spite in­con­ve­nience – Kwankwaso

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Ab­dulka­dir Bad­sha Mukhtar, Kano

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.

Gover­nor Rabiu Kwankwaso

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