Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of The Upgraded And Redesigned Land Registry In The Lands Bureau

Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of The Upgraded And Redesigned Land Registry In The Lands Bureau

Today, we have moved one step closer to the ideal situation in land administration and management in Lagos State. The issue of land administration has always been contentious and still remains contentious even after it was formalised under the Land Registry system almost Fifty years ago.

 

All over the world, land is a key economic resource. In Lagos State especially, land is very critical owing to its limited quantity vis-à-vis the demand for residential and commercial purposes.

When we assumed office, one of the major challenges negatively affecting the rating of our State was the bottleneck hampering the ease of doing business. A recurring point when the issue of doing business in our State was discussed is land administration.

 

In the last two years, we have embarked on a massive reform in land administration and management which has seen us deploy cutting-edge technology to drive efficiency in the Land Registry, Administration and Management System to enhance the ease of doing business in the State.

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I am happy to report that in the last two years, I have signed and issued 4,602 Certificates of Occupancy, 6,118 Governors Consent and 314 Deemed Grant Consent. The whole essence of the land reforms is to unleash private enterprise as land is a very vital asset with which our people can access capital and thereby increase economic activity in our State which will contribute to our growing Gross Domestic Product.

 

Our newly upgraded and redesigned Lands Registry is another initiative to improve the ease of doing business in Lagos. This new registry is equipped with a Thomson Reuters suite of technology modules designed to conduct rapid inventory of actual/existing land rights, automate and manage land records and ensure integration of geographic data/Survey. This solution also comes with online consummation of all levels of services rendered by the Lands Bureau.

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With this new registry, we will streamline the process of registering title and remove the bottlenecks previously associated with the process. The redesigned layout of the registry makes it more service friendly to all who have land transactions to process.

 

In addition to the new registry, we have introduced the concept of the Land Administration Campus by bringing all agencies and Ministries involved in Land Administration to one location to further ease the process of land registration and titling. With this, the Office of the State Surveyor General will move to this quadrangle and occupy the office of the Ministry of Environment.

 

The idea is to create a One Stop-Shop where the Office of the State Surveyor General, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and the Lands Bureau are located within the same complex. 

I am confident that with this new arrangement, the deployment of the new Integrated Land Administration and Automation System and the Geographical Information System, we will achieve a combined effect of making the process of securing land titles seamless and also engender the highest level of security and integrity of title documents.

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We shall continue to fine-tune the processes to meet changing times and ensure the process yields positive dividends for the benefit of all.

 

I want to use this opportunity to restate the commitment of our administration to stamp out land grabbing. We will arrest and prosecute any identified land grabber. We assure all investors of the safety of their property and urge you to take advantage of our task force on land grabbing if you encounter any challenges.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, our government is very deliberate and strategic. Our policy thrust is built on a Tripod of Security, Infrastructure and Job/Wealth Creation. We are working constantly to provide security for our residents and investors.

 

We have invested massively on infrastructure especially road infrastructure to open up areas, increase the value of land and give our people access to their properties. With the land administration reforms, entrepreneurs and individuals will now be able to register their titles faster and have access to capital. This will in turn create opportunities for job and wealth creation.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Lagos is open for business. There is no better time to be in Lagos than now and I urge you all to take full advantage of the reforms our government is putting in place to create prosperity for all.

 

I commend the staff and management of the Lands Bureau for a job well done. To all our stakeholders, I commend this new project to you all as we strive to improve on our ease of doing business in Lagos State.

 

Thank you.

 

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

His Excellency,

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

Ongoing Construction Of Abule Egba Fly Over By Lagos State Government

Ongoing Construction Of Abule Egba Fly Over By Lagos State Government

The Abule Egba Flyover is a direct response by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration in Lagos State to address the perennial traffic gridlock often associated with the area especially during rush hour.

Ongoing construction of the Fly over at Abule Egba by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The construction of the Bridge, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017, is at advanced stage, while residents and commuters are hopeful that upon completion, it would permanently reduce traffic to the barest minimum.

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Ongoing construction of the Fly over at Abule Egba by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Much as the Ambode administration which has become synonymous with creative solutions to traffic gridlock across the metropolis, the several initiatives have also seen tremendous improvement on the aesthetics of the road infrastructure especially with modern bus shelters, lay-bys, segregated bus parks, barricades, slip roads among others.

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Lagos State Public Works Corporation Constructs Isheri–Magodo Road Networks

Lagos State Public Works Corporation Constructs Isheri–Magodo Road Networks

…tackles Jankara-Idumagbo incessant flooding.

Lagos State Public Works Corporation within the last two weeks had commenced the construction of some major road networks at Isheri-Magodo in Kosofe Local Government area.

Special Adviser/CEO (LSPWC), Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde revealed this during an inspection of some major road projects in the state.

He disclosed that about eight road networks are being constructed within the Isheri-Magodo axis which include Olanireti Fasan Street, Babajide Awolesi, Muyiwa Alder, Joseph Ajayi, Kunle Kitan, Gbolahan Akinmuda, Sylvester close and Yetunde Jimi Ahisu lane.

Sodeinde reiterates the commitment of Governor Ambode towards ensuring that retirees live a comfortable life, saying “this area is inhabited by those who have served their fatherland and as such must be taken good care of” adding that virtually all these roads have been asphalted with about 50sqm left, hoping that in the next two weeks all the road projects will be completed.

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Some of the retirees however expressed their deep appreciation to Lagos State Government for fixing the roads. Mrs. M.O. Ajaja a retiree said Governor Ambode has done well to have remembered the forgotten corners in the Isheri Community. She said before the roads were fixed, it was bumpy, messy and always flooded whenever it rains but right now, the roads are very smooth and has aided vehicular movement in the area.

In another related development, an inspection was conducted on the on-going road rehabilitation project along Jankara market at Idumagbo Avenue where paving stones are being laid because of the soil texture as a result of high water table in that area.

“The Idumagbo road project covers about 2,250sqm out of which 80% of the project have been completed while the remaining 20% will be done in the next few weeks; said the LSPWC boss.

The Special Adviser recounted that the Idumagbo road which serves as a major link between Lagos Island and the third mainland bridge was initially constructed by Julius Berger eight years ago but failed. This made  Lagos State Government to take over the project and within one week paving stones have been laid.

He attributed the flooding of that area to incessant blockage of the drainages by the traders; appealing to them to always patronize the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in disposing of their waste, also promised that the ministry of environment will be contacted for desilting of the drainages.

Mr. Elemoro Martins, Chairman Community Development Association (CDA) at Jankara-Idumagbo commended the efforts of LSPWC for fixing the crucial road which used to be in a deplorable state before now, appealed to the Lagos State Governor to direct the appropriate authority to help clear the drainages so as to ensure free flow of water.

Sodeinde also hinted that LSPWC is currently working at Itoikin road and Lucky Fibre in Ikorodu, the only commercial link road from Ikorodu to Sagamu in Ogun State adding that His Excellency, Governor Ambode has also directed that the Corporation should move into the Badagry corridor and ensure all roads are fixed.

He however appealed to Lagosians to take ownership of the various projects springing up across the state by protecting them; noting that it is when these projects are protected that government will be encouraged to do more.

Lagos State Government Cancels Monthly Environmental Sanitation

Lagos State Government Cancels Monthly Environmental Sanitation

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday terminated the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which hitherto held for three hours on the last Saturday of every month.

The State Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution arrived at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting which approved the need for a robust review of the environmental laws and procedures in the state in order to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment.

The Government noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.

According to government, in the last two decades, Lagos has grown exponentially into a mega city with the attendant huge environmental problems associated with managing a population of over twenty million people.

But sadly, the environmental laws, policies and procedures being practiced in the State have not been able to match the phenomenal growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy, hence the need for the reform.

Ayorinde said the State Government was not unaware of a recent Court of Appeal judgment.

According to him, the thrust of the fresh initiatives, among others, is to promote holistic and modern solutions to the unique environmental challenges confronting the State, while encouraging citizens to voluntarily partner with government to achieve the desired goals.

The Statement said: “After a careful consideration, the State Executive Council has therefore resolved that the present economic climate can no longer support the continued lock down of a mega city like Lagos, when the citizens should be free to engage in commercial and entrepreneurial activities that can promote economic growth and prosperity.

“Furthermore, Government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of the new harmonized environmental laws that will drive meaningful changes in areas of harmonized billing, waste management, modern Landfill sites, noise pollution, introduction of an Environmental Trust Fund and an Environmental Advisory Council.

“The Government wishes to reiterate its strong commitment to a clean and secure environment for the benefit of its citizens, and will continue to provide the necessary leadership to meet the environmental challenges of a mega city like Lagos. Lagosians and visitors alike are therefore urged to embrace these changes and imbibe a culture of voluntarily maintaining and preserving their environment to create a beautiful and healthy city that we all can be proud of.”

The statement added that the State Government would henceforth be tougher in ensuring expeditious enforcement against contraventions of its policies and regulations and as such, residents should voluntarily comply with the necessary laws and support government in its bid to have a clean and healthy environment.

Community Policing Will Help In Reducing Crime 

Community Policing Will Help In Reducing Crime 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said that the fight against crime and all forms of criminality would be better enhanced if efforts are geared towards embracing community policing to complement the police and other law enforcement agencies.

Governor Ambode, who stated this at the swearing-in ceremony of the Chairman and members of the Board of the State’s Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency, said community policing was needed to assist law enforcement agencies which, according to him, are already over stretched judging by the enormous task of securing the country.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Lagos House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode said right from the onset, the major thrust of his administration has always been the security of lives and properties of Lagosians, adding that the Neighborhood Agency, which was an initiative aimed at safe guarding the communities through community policing, was another testimony of the commitment of the State Government to the safety of lives and properties and a demonstration of a promise kept to all citizens.

The Governor recalled the provision of security at the State level with the massive provision of equipment such as patrol vehicles, motor bikes, boats and helicopter on several occasions to police and other security agencies, saying that such had aided law enforcement outfits in the State in effectively discharging their duties.

“You will agree with me that the Police and indeed all other security forces within the State and even the country at large are quite stretched, and some form of “community” or “local policing” is required to boost and support the great job the Nigeria Police is presently doing.

“The creation of this Agency marks another step towards ensuring the protection of lives and properties at the grass root level. Corp members recruited by the Agency are meant to interact with the people at the communities. It is expected that with the visible presence of the Corp members within a particular community, the likelihood of crime will be drastically reduced,” the Governor said.

He added that the Agency, which replaced the Neighbourhood Watch, has the responsibility of assisting the Police, and its mode of operation will essentially be in intelligence gathering, protection of lives and properties, maintaining law and Order amongst others.

The Governor also said the Agency has been empowered pursuant to its enabling law, to recruit eligible persons as Corp members in all Local Government Areas of the State.

He, however, emphasized that the Agency was not meant to compete, but to complement the efforts of the Police Force, adding that the State Government, through the Board, would develop clear policies and strategies for the implementation of the law.

While reiterating the determination of his administration to commit resources to ensure success of the objectives of the Agency, the Governor said its realization would make Lagos a place where residents and all intending foreign and local investors can do business in safety and comfort.

He also charged members of the newly inaugurated board to consider their appointments as call to duty, adding that the task making Lagos great and taking it to greater heights was that of all.

Besides, the Governor commended the foresight, efforts and industry of the Speaker and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for initiating the bill that culminated in the enactment of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency Law 2016, saying their intellectualism in sponsoring the bill and the proactiveness in considering the passage of the law was admirable.

Members of the Board are Mr. Israel Ajao (Chairman), Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, SP Yinka Egbeyemi, Mr. Razaq Balogun, Chief Tunde Aboyade, Mr. Ishola Laguda, Mrs Kofoworola Adegboye, Mr. Dengel Anifowoshe, Mrs. Ronke Ogabi, CSP Suleiman Lewi, Mr. O. Eziana and Mr Adegboyega Bajulaiye who will serve as Executive Secretary.

Responding, Ajao who was a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Ogun States and DIG in charge of Criminal Investigation, said he had no doubt as to the passion and commitment of Governor Ambode to safety and security, adding that members of the Agency would hit the ground running towards the set objectives.

He said considering the complexities of Lagos being home to Nigerians and foreigners from all works of life, the Agency would contribute its quota towards realization of the objectives of making Lagos a safe place for residents and investors.

The event was graced by the State’s Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs Idiat OIuranti Adebule; Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Sanni Eshilokun and other principal officers of the House; members of the State Executive Council, party chieftains, among others.