Zamfara State Revokes Land Titles, Launches Electronic Registration

Written by Godwin Duru

News by Sani Haruna, Zamfara

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has announced the revocation of all land titles in the state.

The Governor announced this in a statement by the Director General, Media Public Enlightenment and Communications, Malam Yusuf Idris and made available to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital.

Alhaji Bello Mohammed Matawalle directed property owners to go to the state’s Geographic Information System (ZAGIS) for recertification of their respective titles with the new policy of granting electronic Certificates.

He explained that his administration decided on the e-C of O following the corrupt practices and shody deals that characterized the manual issuance of C of O’s in the state.

The Governor said land, being the most valuable resource, needs to be carefully guarded against abuse and misuse, noting that under the new system, all e-C of Os to be issued  would be strictly based on the extant land use regulations.

According to him, land certification initialization embraced by his administration is part of his government’s efforts to create a new, technology-driven economy for the twenty-first century.  

He also stated that, owners of land titles would now have their records available in a secured database and that the new e-C of Os would also make it easier for financial institutions to check the authenticity of certificates for those who choose to use them as collateral for bank loans.