The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has dismissed the argument in some quarters that the Land Use Act is the issue about entry to land.
Fashola, who identified that if there have been such drawback it might be with the administration of the regulation, including that since 2017, when the president delegated his energy beneath the Land Use Act to grant Consent and subject Certificates of Occupancy to the Ministry, over 5,000 Certificates of Occupancy have been issued and granted 2,738 Consent to land transactions.
A press release issued in Abuja on Monday by the Particular Adviser to the Minister on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, quoted Fashola talking on the Government Session of the eleventh Assembly of the Nationwide Council on Lands, Housing and City Improvement, held lately in Sokoto.
He mentioned: “We should, subsequently, reform the method that governs the allocation of land and issuance of title paperwork akin to Certificates of Occupancy. Whereas the Federal Authorities has land primarily acquired from the States, the majority of the work that must be performed lies with the State Governments due to their nearly complete management of land by advantage of the Land Use Act”.
“How a lot have we automated our land administration processes in an effort to make them environment friendly earlier than complaining about that regulation? States which have made the sort of funding will report an enchancment of their land administration system”.
“As we speak I can inform you that since 2017, when the President delegated his energy beneath the Land Use Act to grant Consent and subject Certificates of Occupancy to the Ministry now we have issued over 5,000 Certificates of Occupancy and granted 2,738 Consent to land transactions”.
The minister mentioned State Governments may apply on behalf of their residents and indigenes for the homes at present being subscribed to from the Nationwide Housing Programme throughout 34 States of the nation.
Fashola defined that the State Governments may apply to fund the acquisition of elements of the Nationwide Housing Programmes constructed of their States ought to they need to take action including that after the acquisition, the State governments may then allocate to residents and indigenes.
“Let me use this platform to tell the assembly that State Governments can apply on behalf of their residents or indigenes to fund the acquisition of elements of the Nationwide Housing Programmes constructed within the states ought to they be so desirous,” the minister mentioned.
On the difficulty of lease, the minister, who urged that the housing provide and demand be seen past possession alone to incorporate rental housing, mentioned the Federal Authorities has launched, at its personal stage, the Hire-to-Personal system into its acquisition/sale mannequin for the disposal of the Homes within the Nationwide Housing Programme.
He acknowledged that majority of the homes belong to the personal sector who “anticipate reliable earnings from lease for the properties”, however added that asking for 2 to 3 years lease upfront from working class individuals (as distinct from company tenants who could favor to pay upfront) does extra hurt than good to all involved and to the financial system.
Fashola, who additionally conceded that lease is a neighborhood matter over which the Federal Authorities has no constitutional authority, nonetheless, added, “I take advantage of the platform of this assembly to problem and provoke all state representatives to ideas and motion about how we are able to make the fee of lease simpler and comfy for each tenants and landlords”.