Surveyors ,Valuers urge Govs  to remove bottlenecks on land titles to enhance economic growth 

Estate Surveyors and  Valuers in the country have stressed the need for land owners to obtain titles for their lands, saying that doing so, will give value to the lands and build confidence. They also urged Governors  to remove bottlenecks that hinder easy processing of land titles so that land owners could get their lands titled.

They made the call at a  One-Day Business Forum on the theme,”The  Economics of Land and National Development” organized by Ubosi Eleh and Co( Estate Surveyors and Valuers) on Thursday in Enugu.

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Speaking at the event, the Guest Speaker, Emeka Eleh, urged various states Government to smoothen the process of obtaining land titles, ,reduce the  cost, remove the bottlenecks, smoothen the consent provision, and make it not to be punitive . He said when people have the titles to their lands, the value will appreciate and the owners will make more money if they sold the land and the government will generate more revenue through taxation.

According to him , states  will also get more revenues from tbe titled lands . Eleh urged Nigerian Governors to  borrow Rwanda’s template and go  from local government  to local government and  register the  lands there   That he said, has multiplier effect .

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Eleh said it is by doing that , that Land owners can use their lands to make money, convert their lands to capitals 

He said  most land owners do not know the importance of having titles for their lands. He wondered why people would buy vehicles and register them and  would not register their lands.”No matter where the land is, you should  have a title.. It enhances wealth creation ,” he said.

The Guest Speaker noted that securing land titles will reduce poverty, quarrels, land grabbing, , flourish agriculture, improve taxation  and national development. He called for a good land policy that will create employment, increase housing development, increase Gross Domestic Product ( GDP). 

Pix: Emeka Eleh

For us to increase our  GDP, , we must ensure that people  own land  and have  title to their lands.”.  He commended Enugu state Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah  for his  good works  and  appealed to the state government  to bring down the cost of getting titles.

Pix: Chidi Ubochi Eleh

In his speech, the Governor of Enugu state, Dr. Peter Mbah  reiterated the commitment of the state government in providing affordable  houses  for the people . 

Represented by the Commissioner for Housing Development, Martin Chukwunwike, Governor Mbah  land in Enugu state as “our oil’. He said the state Government was ready to partner with those who have developed at heart.

He encouraged  land owners to register their lands and apply for issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (Cof O), sayong  that  the state Government issues Certificate of Occupancy in 72 hours.

He assured that the suggestions made at the forum would be implemented  and correct what should be corrected 

Earlier in his opening remarks,  the Principal manager,Ubosi Eleh and Co, Chidi Ubochi Eleh , said the Business Forum was part of their contribution to the national discourse  on how land can be used  for  national  development.

He commended Enugu state Governor,Peter Mbah’ for the massive development in the state 

There was question and answer section in  which  participants called for reduction of  cost of processing survey plans  and reforms in land titling . They faulted high amount fixed as  tenancy rates, saying that no one knew how the bills were generated, 

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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