The Ministry of Lands and Survey in Abia State says it has worked out modalities that would ensure that land owners in the State got their Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) within 42 working days once such applicants submit all necessary documents.
Sam Onuigbo, commissioner in the ministry, who revealed this at a stakeholders interactive session on land administration organized by his ministry in Aba, the commercial hub of the State also disclosed that delivery time for subsequent transactions, including mortgages, would not take more than 21 working days, where the applicant fulfils all necessary requirements.
Consequently, he enjoined all land owners in the State to ensure that their parcels of land were registered and that they should obtain C of O in order to derive the full benefits of the land reforms of the present administration in the state.
The commissioner solicited the support of all stakeholders for the ministry to achieve its goals by making available at any material time genuine documents including making legal payments that would aid it deliver on its promise.
“In this case, there are benefits on both sides, for the ministry, efficient services will be rendered to the public as ownership of titled documents will enhance their economic base and for government there will be increased revenue to sustain the tempo of development, which has commenced in the state,” Onuigbo affirmed.
He assured stakeholders of the resolve of his ministry to attain the government’s vision of archiving an efficient land management system that would bring benefits to it on one hand and land owners on the other hand which, according to him, was the basis for the interactive session.
According to Onuigbo, “We call on all hands (landowners and stakeholders) to be on deck for us to achieve a win-win situation for all Abians and residents in the State in line with the government’s resolve to empower her citizens economically.”