The 9th meeting of the National Council on Lands, housing, and urban development is holding in Jos, Plateau state, with the theme “Housing delivery in the COVID-19 Era and beyond: The Strategies for affordability and accessibility”.
The meeting which is the highest decision-making body of the housing sector in Nigeria is holding this year’s meeting from 26th April to 30th of April 2021 at Elial center in Jos Plateau.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong while speaking at the occasion today, said the state had adopted a Public-Private Partnership in the acquisition of land and preparation of layouts that are made available for a greater number of people with all the guarantees and authenticity.
“For us in Plateau, there is a revolution in the land ministry as we have made land administration technology-driven and less stressful, the state has completed the conversion of all land records into a digital format which began in 2016. ”
He said “We have realised that many people who are tenants are very keen on owning their own houses, hence the preference for Government to facilitate access to lands in prepared layouts with titles.”
” To encourage people to key into such initiatives, we have also approved a 50% discount on all land-related charges in the State from 2016 to date.
The Governor further said that this development has seen many people also taking advantage of the opportunity to formalize their land documentation thereby allowing the state to generate the relevant data that gives a better picture of property in the State.
Lalong further said that his administration has continued to upgrade existing infrastructure and providing new ones particularly roads and associated amenities to various urban areas within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis and other major towns of the State.
“This is in addition to the urban renewal plan that we hope will enable us to upgrade and replace old infrastructure that sometimes becomes a threat to its inhabitants through building collapses.”
He further said that the creation of Geographic Information Systems in many States, as reduced bottlenecks are has promoted strategic intervention in promoting housing delivery.
“Our approach to an effective and efficient Housing delivery has been anchored on best practices, that are globally acclaimed to provide solutions to all the underlying causes of our underdevelopment which are hinged on processes and practices.”
He further said that “For investors willing to acquire land for industries and other businesses, we have established a One-Stop-Investment Centre to cut the red tapes hindering land acquisition.”
To ensure that we eliminate risks in land administration and increase investor confidence, we have also signed into law the anti-land grabbing bill that will deter people from sharp practices in land management. Our Multi-door Courthouse for alternative dispute resolution is up and running.
He further said that the Government has equally provided land as its counterpart contribution to major housing projects being undertaken by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Family Homes and the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. “All these are geared towards increasing housing delivery in the State.
“Another area that requires serious attention of this Council is the astronomical growth in urban slums in Nigeria. This is a major challenge that has obstructed planning and increased the difficulty of providing infrastructure and social amenities to the inhabitants of these areas. ”
“These developments which spring up rapidly create other problems that affect security, health and safety of the people ”
Lalong further said that there is a need for development planners and enforcement agencies to step up their game and tame this ugly development that is a major threat to orderly and safe development in our cities and towns. “For us in Plateau State, we are determined to address these challenges as we pursue the greater Jos Master Plan 2008 – 2025.”