The Delta state Government has invalidated all existing Certificates Of Occupancy, with the commissioning of a new ICT Centre for generating online title documents.
The digitized C of O can be generated online and in real time.
It is expected to enhance businesses and security in the state.
Following the new development, landlords have been advised to update their title documents to the new technology, in order to remove all inherent bottlenecks associated with acquiring legal titles for landed property.
Delta State, located in the oil rich region of Nigeria, is one of the states with the highest revenue but so far, there has been no proper demarcation of landed property in most parts of the state which is why the government has come up with the initiative.
According to the state governor represented by the Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, this is in line with the government’s smart agenda, geared towards job and wealth creation.
Earlier in the year, the Delta State government launched the ‘Fast Track 90’ policy where land owners could obtain a C of O with electronic features within a maximum of 90 days.
However, the state government has taken that initiative one step further by commissioning the new ICT centre aimed at ensuring that the C of O are digitalized and the old ones are taken out as quickly as possible.
Barr. Otuaro praised the innovation and expressed confidence that it would in turn create more jobs as well as enhance the wealth creation process in the state.
He said it is also led by a desire to upgrade the database of land owners in the state in order to keep proper track of the houses and their locations.
Some land owners and residents however say the new regulation appears a bit unclear because the expectation is that there is usually continuity in governance.