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Edo Govt. rakes in N3b in less than three years on land management

Edo State Government has reportedly generated over N3billion in less than three years, through the Edo State Geographic Information Service (EdoGIS).

The EdoGIS was one of the reforms embarked on by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki targeted at easing the process of land registration and improvement in land management.

The Managing Director of EdoGIS, Frank Evbuomwan, an architect, who disclosed this yesterday in a chat with reporters in Benin, said the amount was raised between September 2018 and July 2021.

He noted that since the inception of the agency in September 2018, fraudulent practices in the process of registering land had been eliminated through digitization of obtaining Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), compared with the past.

Godwin Obaseki

The EdoGIS chief said the agency planned to open zonal offices in Auchi, Edo North Senatorial District, and Uromi, Edo Central Senatorial District, before the end of 2021, with a target to issue a minimum of 10, 000 C of Os yearly.

He said: “We have been in existence since September 2018. In the first 18 months, we generated about a billion naira, but between 2018 and July this year, we have generated over N3billion to the government coffers.”

Evbuomwan said that EdoGIS had simplified the process of registering land ownership and reduced the timeframe and burden in applying for land titles.

He pointed out that the ease and convenience in processing title documents for the landed property had opened the state for economic growth and attracted investors.

Evbuomwan said: “Edo State is now the destination for prospective investors, due to the speedy access to documentation and titling of lands, as well as guaranteed land property.

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“Before the EdoGIS came on board, it took one to three years to get a Certificate of Occupancy. The Edo State government has simplified the process of obtaining land title and strengthened the security of land and title by signing into law, the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021.”

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