The Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has launched housing policy designed to enable home owners in the state regularize their land documents, even as it inaugurated Electronic Certificate of Occupancy (e-C of O).
Ajimobi stressed that these were measures the government is deploying to lessen residents pains considering the current economic downturn and reduce use of papers and improve security features in property in the state.
The governor, who inaugurated the plans at the official Flag off ceremony of the Enumeration and Assessment of properties in Oyo at Housing Corporation Ibadan, explained that the scheme was created to enable home owners that currently had no title documents to do so with ease.
While listing some of the documents to received at N120, 000 as Survey and Building plans, he assured that every measure has been put in place to ensure the scheme is transparent and devoid of unnecessary bottlenecks.
According to the governor, “This is one of the measures being put in place by our government not only to lessen the pains of the current economic downturn on our people but to empower them for greater economic possibilities. Also, Oyo State Government is changing from the current use of the paper-based Certificate of Occupancy to ‘e-C of O’, the electronic Certificate of Occupancy with features to make it a lot more secure and copy proof.
“The electronic C of O will contain the following elements: a scanned photograph of the Owner printed on a copy-proof security paper; an encrypted and enhanced 2D bar code that is unique to the owner; an additional embedded security characteristic containing vital security information that can only be viewed with an enabled barcode reader that is unique to the Owner only; and a distinctive Certificate of Occupancy number that will be very legible for all to see,” the governor stressed.
The governor urged that residents should cooperate with members of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Oyo State Chapter, who will handle the enumeration and assessment exercise, noting that the essence of the enumeration is to generate data that will aid sustainable developmental objectives in the state.
“Without a dependable data base, neither significant nor sustainable developmental objectives can be achieved. However, in order to generate, categorise and databank these critical information, the State Government decided to engage services NIESV.
“Our decision to appoint and work with this Institution as Consultants for this very important assignment is a further testimony of this Administration’s recognition of the role of professional bodies as able stakeholders in the daunting task of returning our dear state to its traditional and enviable position of the pacesetter.” Ajimobi added.
In his address, the State Commissioner for Land, Housing and Survey, Ajiboye Omodewu said that the enumeration of properties became necessary for effective planning and determination for the provision of infrastructures like water, health centres, police posts, roads among others, appealing to the people of the state to cooperate with the state government to achieve the desired objectives of the exercise.
In his goodwill message, state chairman of NIESV, Adegboyega Quadri appreciated the state government for establishing a record in the annals of the state by engaging professional for the enumeration exercise, pledging that the Institute will discharge its responsibilities effectively and efficiently.
He noted that the exercise will encourage spatial spread of residential areas as well as being used to challenge census figures and resolve housing deficits, urging that other professional bodies should enjoy patronage from the government.