Business C of O: Less than 3% Land Owners in Nigeria Really Own Their Land - Surveyor-General

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The Surveyor-General of the Federation, Prof. Peter Nwilo, said on Monday that less than three per cent of Nigerians who owned land had Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and attributed the development to poor implementation of the Land Use Act.

He explained that the Act should be properly implemented by state governments to ensure lawful allocation of land, noting that since 1978 when the Act came into existence, no state had implemented it.

``The Land Use Decree says that the governor of the state holds the land in trust; so, every C of O should be signed by the governor or his representative.

``It is easy to say a law does not work but there is provision for every state to have its committee that deals with allocation of lands; no law is perfect but that law can continue to be improved.

``The Federal Government has set up a committee on land reform.

``What the committee is doing is to bring to the fore the shortcomings of our actions that has caused the Land Use Decree not to work the way it should work,” he said.

He explained that unnecessary processes involved in the acquisition of a C of O hampered development in the country.

He said there was a need for enhanced collaboration among bodies responsible for the implementation of laws governing the allocation of land.

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