The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr Kingsley Otuaro, has called on all Deltans to quickly move to acquire the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for their property at the present affordable rate, asserting that the ICT centre will provide an inclusive data base by completely digitalizing the manual Certificate of Occupancy and all land documentation.
Barr. Otuaro, who made the call on 07/10/2016 in Asaba during the commissioning of the ICT Centre, Ministry of Lands and Surveys, noted that the commissioning of the ICT Centre is in pursuit of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s SMART agenda’s plan of Urban Renewal Through Transformed Environment.
While disclosing that it is government’s decision to transform all manual C of O to electronic versions, Barr. Otuaro said the ICT centre run by Queensbridge Capital Investment Limited to service the Ministry of Lands and Survey aside easing the cumbersome process of securing C of O, is expected to make the process transparent.
According to him, this will make check the fraudulent advances/practice of land grabbers, estate agents, surveyors and the like. He added that the ICT is designed to also boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the state.
“Government generous reduction of the price charged for the C of O is expected to attract property owners in droves to secure legitimacy on their property, moreover this facility will greatly aid easy verification of existing land allocations in the state, thereby decimating the activities of land racketeers”. Barr. Otuaro stated.
Barr. Otuaro, who noted that the ICT Centre occupies a crucial place in the goals of the Delta State Government, said Queensbridge Investment limited which will manage the centre for dispensing C of O by the Governor through Ministry of Lands and Surveys has been engaged to help the Senator (Dr) Okowa-led Delta State Government keep the promise of delivering speedily on grant of C of O.
Earlier, in his remark, the Delta State Commissioner for Lands, Surveys, and Urban Development, Chief Dan Okenyi, asserted that with the commissioning of the ICT Centre all former C of O gotten before the flag-off of the fast track 90 now remain invalid.
Chief Okenyi said the new technology will help to churn out C of O quickly. He lauded Queensbridge Capital Investment for initiating the project at no cost to government and expressed joy that it will help make the job easier, faster and more efficient.
Also, Managing Director, Queensbridge Capital Investment Limited, Mr. Chuks Iku, asserted that the ICT centre is to frastrack the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy to land owners.
Mr. Iku, who said the technology has made the Certificate of Occupancy difficult to forge by fraudsters, noted that the only persons who can have access to the document are persons with the authority to access it. He added that the Fastrack Desk has been digitalized, emphasising that all former documents made in the Ministry of Lands and Surveys will be digitalized in 60 days.
Highpoint of the occasion was the official commissioning as well as inspection of the facilities at the ICT Centre by the Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, accompanied by the Commissioner for Lands, Surveys and Urban Development as well as other top government functionaries.