According to The Nation, the Lagos State Government yesterday said at least 500 Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) are approved monthly by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to scale up provision of housing and create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Abiola Anifowose, who stated this while addressing a news conference in Alausa on activities lined up by the government to celebrate this year’s United Nations World Habitat Day, said the present administration had initiated several initiatives to reposition the Lands Bureau for greater efficiency and quality service delivery.
He said the theme of this year’s celebration which is “Housing Policy: Affordable Homes,” is in line with the commitment of the government to ensure provision of affordable houses to more Lagosians, while also reducing the bottlenecks previously associated with land administration.
He recalled the introduction of Rent-to-Own housing policy of the government which allows people to pay monthly rent leading to eventual ownership of such houses, and the reduction in prices of the housing units in government schemes across the state, saying that such initiatives were geared toward increasing home ownership.
Anifowose said: “In the last few months, the present administration has repositioned the Lands Bureau and the agency now offers world class services. As we speak, Lagos State has started processing Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) online and every month, the Governor signs more than 500 C of Os. All the bottlenecks of the past have been confined to the dustbin of history.
“This is just the beginning and I can assure the people that by the end of December this year, we are installing more equipment and from the comfort of their homes, offices or wherever they are, people can get all the information needed on land administration including the e-planning system.”
Urging the people to cooperate with government in its bid to rid the state of unwholesome practices in the building sector, Anifowose said it was important for those intending to embark on any development to get the necessary approval and information on the land intended to be used for such construction.
He said: “The first thing you should do if you want to acquire a land in Lagos is to call for land planning information.
Source: The Nation