The governor stated this while delivering a speech at a workshop with the theme, “Systematic Land Titling and Registration (SLTR)” which took place in Calabar.
Represented by the Director General, Cross River State Geographic Information Agency (CR-GIA), Clement Oshaka, Imoke said his administration has put in place modalities to ease land registration in the state.
Part of the efforts, he said, is the establishment of the Cross River State Geographic Information Agency (CR-GIA), which according to him, is meant to improve the process of land registration.
“We have developed a modernization vision and platform for land registration, especially with the considerable resources government has deployed in bringing about the Cross River State Geographic Information Agency (CR-GIA) which has been established with the objective of improving the process of land registration in order to get the maximum area of land registered,” Imoke said.
Describing SLTR as a timely opportunity to achieve increase in the percentage of land titles and transactions in the state, the governor said the system will also be used to capture information on land matters.
“As it is universally acknowledged, all forms of development in human society are centered on land. That is why the Cross River State government in its land reforms is keen to use land registration as a vehicle for improving the investment environment and providing economic empowerment for urban and rural communities,” the governor stated.
Imoke lauded the office of the Surveyor-General of the state and Growth and Employment in States (GEMS 3) for their “synergistic endeavour.”
However, the Chairman Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reforms, Prof. Peter O. Adeniyi, who was the guest speaker, insisted that the law governing land registration was weak; pointing out that only three percent of land in Nigeria has been surveyed and registered.
“We have a very weak system as the Land Use Allocation Committees meant to advice the governors have not been established in most states of the federation. Besides, the National Council of State has failed to make regulations for the purpose of carrying out the Land Use Act.
So far, only 3 percent of land in Nigeria has been surveyed and registered,” the Professor Emeritus posited.
He urged government at all levels to adopt a transparent, participatory and affordable process of issuing Certificate of Occupation (C of O) without discrimination.