The Chairman of the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR), Prof. Peter Adeniyi, yesterday disclosed that 97 per cent of the land in the country do not have registered titles on them.
Adeniyi, spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during an interaction with journalists on the pilot test of the Systematic Land Titling and Registration embarked upon in Ondo and Kano States, saying records had shown that only three per cent of the entire land in Nigeria has title on them.
He said the committee set up by the regime of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2011 was saddled with the responsibility of collaborating with state governments and offer technical assistance to embark on survey of the land in different states of the federation.
He said three local government areas of Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore were chosen in Ondo State, while two local government areas were chosen in Kano State for the pilot test.
Adeniyi said the pilot test was being supported by GEMS3, a development partner that had been assisting in the execution of the project.
He explained that the actual demarcation of the land in the chosen local government areas started last year with 15,000 plots covered in Ondo State and 4,000 in Kano States.
According to him, no fewer than 5,000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) were ready for collection in Ondo State at the rate of N25,000, while a total of 20,000 would be available by December.
He stated that the programme was designed to empower the government and the people of the country, Adeniyi regretted that many families were being ravaged by poverty.
He said the committee had developed regulations for the sector which had been presented to the National Economic Council to prevent people from engaging in arbitrariness on land matters, pointing out that the committee was not out to take over the functions and responsibilities
of state governments as payment on the C of O would be made to the