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Zamfara revokes ALL land titles, asks property owners to apply for e-certification

The revocation of all land titles has been announced by the Zamfara state government.

This was disclosed by Yusuf Gusau, the media aide to Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state.

According to Matawalle’s aide, the decision was announced on Thursday at the flag-off of the issuance of electronic certificates of occupancy.

Yusuf said the decision was taken to address corruption associated with the manual issuance of certificates of occupancy, while property owners have been directed to apply through the Zamfara geographic information system (ZAGIS) for “recertification of their respective titles with the new policy of granting electronic certificates”.

“All problems associated with land transactions will be resolved with the use of modern technology as the recertification of all land titles will assist in the current fight against banditry and sundry crimes,” Matawalle was quoted to have said.

“Owners of all 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.”

Persons making fresh applications for land titles are also expected to apply through ZAGIS, just as landowners have been urged “to come forward and certify their titles and also to pay their ground rents as and when due”.

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