Lagos State launches land registration portal to eliminate middlemen

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January 27, 2024
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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State.
  • The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has launched an electronic geographic information system (e-GIS), allowing users to access all data on state lands before purchasing.
  • He also stated that with this development, anyone can verify, search, and apply for land titles, including the Governor's approval, from anywhere. 

According to the statement, "the e-GIS portal is a one-stop digital platform that revolutionises and sanitises the process of acquiring, documenting, and verifying land in Lagos." 

“ With the portal now live, applications for land titles have transitioned from the centuries-old manual paperwork into digital form, eliminating the need for middlemen and the associated costs applicants previously faced.” 

Land grabbers who forcibly seize property from their rightful owners have been a problem for Lagos State over time. Nevertheless, with the release of the eGIS, it seems that this is now over. 

The Governor claims that the new portal consolidates all land records from the nineteenth century with current land titles, preserves historical transactional information for each land parcel in the state's records, and combines them all.

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Sanwo-Olu emphasised the commitment to creating an enabling environment for Lagos residents and investors, confirming that this process has converted land transactions in the city from manual paper to digital format and incorporated them into the Land Registry's operations.

For context, the Land Registry Directorate is a government agency with the legal authority to store registered documents and maintain an up-to-date record of all land transactions in Lagos State. 

According to the agency's website, title document scanning began in February 2005, with over 10.5 million pages scanned and achieved. 

Similarly, in 2003, the federal government of Nigeria established Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) to digitise Abuja's records and land registry. 

While one Twitter user praised this development as a creative idea, he expressed concerns regarding its effectiveness and the assurance that backend staff would not engage in questionable practices to expedite applications.

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