Lagos State launches automated application portal for land acquisition and titles registration

Photo shows l-r: Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd left) and his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat inspecting a device for land automation process. They are being conducted by the Special Adviser to the Governor on E-GIS and Urban Development, Dr. Olajide Babatunde (left) during the launch of the portal

Lagos State says it has attained the most advanced stage in land documentation and acquisition, launching an electronic Geographic Information System (e-GIS) which provides digitised access to all data pertaining to the State Land before a purchase is facilitated.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, launched the e-GIS portal — a one-stop digital platform government says sanitises and revolutionises the process of acquiring, documenting and verifying land in Lagos. 

A press statement signed by Mr Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to the state governor, states that as the portal went live, applications for land titles transitioned from the centuries-old manual paperwork into digital form. 

“The innovation has also completely eliminated services of middlemen in processing of land titles, thereby terminating the cost applicants hitherto paid to lawyers, surveyors and registration agents to get land titles,” the statement reads.

It also explains that anyone can now verify, search and apply for land titles, including governor’s consent at Lagos State Land Bureau from the comfort of their homes at the click of a computer button.

The press statement further reads:“Applicants can also request for a government survey on any State land and apply for Certified True Copy (CTC) on their landed property.

“The e-GIS portal introduced by the Sanwo-Olu administration came on the foundation of Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) bequeathed to the State by the administration of ex-Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, now President of Nigeria, who started digitisation of land title documents in Lagos, 

“The Babatunde Fashola administration built on the EDMS structure, introducing electronic documentation of Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O). Ex-Governor Fashola phased out the old format of C-of-O, and introduced a computer-generated paper with advanced security features, including barcodes, thereby eliminating forgery and cloning in the State’s land records. 

“Sanwo-Olu’s e-GIS has now organised all archived land records dating back to the 19th century and merged with all land titles, while also storing historical transactional data on every parcel of land in the State’s cadastra.”

The launch of the e-GIS portal, it was also learnt, came with a huge relief to the governor, who said the project was almost abandoned, given the unanticipated delays and setbacks suffered in the course of digitisation process.

Sanwo-Olu said the portal had transformed land allocation in the State, while bringing precision to the economic value of land. The governor, who described land in Lagos as “golden egg”, noted that the new technology-driven administration system had sanitised and enhanced transparent governance in land transactions in the State.

He said among other things: “The launch of e-GIS portal today gives me a great sense of joy, because I had initially nurtured the fear that the project could be abandoned due to failed attempts to get it launched over the last 15 months. Today, marks another milestone in our journey to make Lagos a 21st century city where citizens can have access to land information and services from the comfort of their homes.”

Sanwo-Olu said he was pleased that the innovation would reduce transaction turnaround time on land acquisition and resources committed to search for data.

The new platform, the Governor said, would foster collaboration among the Government’s agencies in the land administration ecosystem, facilitating data integration among Ministries of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Environment and Water Resources, Science and Technology, Transportation, and Works and Infrastructure. 

By adopting Momentum Land Administration Solution software, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos had joined the global league of cities using technology to create sustainable solutions, and I mplore every staff member to key into this new system

Special Adviser to the Governor on e-GIS and Urban Development, Dr. Olajide Babatunde, said the e-GIS office was set up by Sanwo-Olu to streamline data of MDAs and create single database that would ease the troubles hitherto experienced by the public in land administration system, among other things. 

Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Bode Agoro, who started the project as Permanent Secretary in the Lands Bureau, said the Sanwo-Olu administration had created a data chain that could not be broken by any system.
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