A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has urged the Lagos State Government to deploy technology to ease the process of land registration and improve land management in the state.
He stated this in Lagos during the maiden stakeholders’ forum organised by the Office of the State Surveyor-General in Ikeja, Lagos.
“Embracing ease and convenience in processing title documents for landed property and the improved land administration will open the state for economic growth and attract several investors,” he said.
Adegboruwa added, “The process of bearing files from one stage to the other in the process of approval and the process of rendering advice is cumbersome, not only to the judiciary, but also to the survey departments.
‘’The people we are following, Western countries have moved ahead. The problem we have with the judiciary is our conservative approach of governance to things and ways of doing things, the case I cited earlier lingered from 1997 till 2020, almost 30 years, and yet the person is still in possession of the property wrongly acquired.
“It cuts across all areas of our life and the only solution to it is to deploy technology in tackling office management thereby removing human intervention in governance to a considerable level.’
He also urged the Federal Government to devolve powers to the states, Local Government, and the grassroot level, as part of measures to check corruption among the Nigerian elite.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Surveyor-General Office, Lagos State, Olutomi Sangowawa, in his welcome address, said the maiden edition of the stakeholder’s forum was to forge a partnership that would strengthen the ties between government, property owners and stakeholders in the built environment.
“This initiative will foster a more cordial relationship among stakeholders, investors and regulators, just as it defines, in clear terms, the requirements for adopting 21st century techniques for optimised geospatial applications and service delivery,” he said.
Sangowawa assured participants that the professional team of the Office of the Surveyor-General of Lagos State would continually leverage geospatial information to deliver prompt, professional, timely, and excellent services to all stakeholders.
This, he said, would be in accordance with the mandate on the issuance of land information certificates, charting information, certified survey plans and preparation of composite plans.