For effective and judicious use of the nation’s landmass, members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) have been urged to deploy their skills towards improving land administration system in Nigeria.
The Minister of State Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jubril made the call on the professionals, last week, while addressing stakeholders who had gathered in Abuja for a lecture to commemorate 35 years of Land Administration in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
NIS, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment organised the lecture, where factors affecting land administration in Nigeria were discussed.
Jubril, in his keynote address at the event said that, though was given by God, it has been a good source of revenue generation for the government.
He revealed that being a single revenue generator, Abuja Geographical Information System, AGIS, has collected over N40 billion as land fees and charges in 2015.
According to him, this is expected to continue rising with the more efficient system now in place.
On land management, the Minister said that efficient and good land management was a panacea to good governance and as such “No good government can afford to play with it. Surveyors should not to only demarcate parcels of land but also be fully involved in land administration as is the practice in other parts of the world.”
“The implementation of the Abuja Master Plan from the land administration perspective and the various challenges faced by land administrators and land managers can make government to examine resettlement issues, squatter settlements and various policy changes during this period of thirty five years.