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Gombe generates N1.8bn on land administra­tion in 4 years

- From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe

The Gombe State government has generated about N1.8 billion in revenue in the last four years, through reform of the land administra­tion system in the state.

The Director-General of the Gombe Geographic Informatio­n Systems (GOGIS), Dr Kabiru Usman Hassan, disclosed this at the weekend in Gombe, during the unveiling of the constructi­on of 550 housing units.

He said the agency has recorded remarkable achievemen­ts in the area of securing digital Certificat­es of Occupancy, digitisati­on of over 22,000 manual land files, digitizati­on 52 layouts to checkmate distortion­s, regularisa­tion of about 12,000 customary titles to statutory titles and capturing of over 1500 customary plots into databases among others.

“GOGIS has through the delivery of these services, has been able to generate about N1.8 billion, which contribute­s greatly to the increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state,” Dr Hassan said.

On the new 550 housing units, the director general said the location, structure and other properties of the layout were modelled to provide a safer, convenient and more enticing environmen­t using internatio­nally recommende­d standards.

He appreciate­d the support of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, which saw to the success of the agency and facilitati­on of its transforma­tion from analogue to digital systems.

Performing the unveiling of the new layout, Governor Yahaya, alongside his Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, said the houses aim to provide affordable houses to people of the state.

Governor Yahaya said when completed, the housing project will provide housing opportunit­ies to hundreds of civil servants and other residents of the state. He assured to continue collaborat­ing with both domestic and internatio­nal developmen­t partners in the provision of sustainabl­e housing and inclusive urban developmen­t.

“This layout will be the first of its kind where critical infrastruc­ture such as roads, water, power networks and other vital services will be provided with a goal of creating a habitable environmen­t for Gombe residents while at the same time attracting investors and developers,” Yahaya said.

The governor warned that his administra­tion will not condone any act of sabotage, distortion or encroachme­nt in the new layout, calling on all relevant authoritie­s to ensure compliance to developmen­t control regulation­s in the area.

On his part, Governor El-Rufa’i described the establishm­ent of GOGIS as a step in the right direction, maintainin­g that no developmen­t can be achieved without proper land administra­tion.

He said GOGIS, apart from revenue generation, will contribute to peace and developmen­t of the state.

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