Lagos Revolutionise Land Acquisition With e – GIS Portal

Wale Jagun

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (second left) and his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat inspecting a device for land automation process, conducted by the Special Adviser to the Governor on E-GIS and Urban Development, Dr. Olajide Babatunde (left) during the launch of the State’s Land Administration e-GIS portal at the Lands Digitization and Automation Centre, Lands Bureau, the Secretariat, Alausa, on Friday, 26 January 2024

The Governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday launched an electronic Geographic Information System (e-GIS), as the state government commences electronic registration of lands in the state.

Sanwo-olu said that the portal would enhance land administration and that, it was part of plans to make Lagos a 21st-century economy.

The Governor said this at the launching ceremony held at the Land Bureau Office in Alausa.

Sanwo-Olu said the portal had transformed land allocation in the State, while bringing precision to the economic value of land. The Governor described land in Lagos as “golden egg”, noting that the new technology-driven administration system had sanitised and enhanced transparent governance in land transactions in the State.

“The launch of e-GIS portal today gives me a great sense of joy, because I had initially nurtured the fear that the project could be abandoned due to failed attempts to get it launched over the last 15 months”, he said.

“Today, marks another milestone in our journey to make Lagos a 21st century city where citizens can have access to land information and services from the comfort of their homes.

“This commitment underscores our dedication to creating an enabling environment for Lagosians and investors, eliminating bottlenecks that are associated with manually driven systems. The new technology-driven system which aligns with our Smart City vision will promote accountability, engender transparency and improve the quality of service delivery to our citizens.

“Before now, Lagosians used to experience a nightmare in getting their land titles and search data on land they wanted to purchase. The e-GIS platform will give our customers delightful experience in services and turnaround time.

“This innovative and automated process has transited land transactions in the metropolis from manual paper form into a digital format, interpreting them into our Land Registry’s workflow”, Sanwo – olu said.

Sanwo-Olu said he was pleased that the innovation would reduce transaction turnaround time on land acquisition and resources committed to search for data.

The new platform, the Governor said, would foster collaboration among the Government’s agencies in the land administration ecosystem, facilitating data integration among Ministries of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Environment and Water Resources, Science and Technology, Transportation, and Works and Infrastructure.

Special Adviser to the Governor on e-GIS and Urban Development, Dr. Olajide Babatunde, said that the e-GIS office was set up by Sanwo-Olu to streamline data of MDAs and create single database that would ease the troubles hitherto experienced by the public in land administration system.

For further data integration, Olajide said the Governor also established 20 e-GIS units across MDAs which required automated spatial data in their daily operations.

“This system has enabled us to adopt a participatory approach to ensure that we provide, enable, adapt and sustain not only the buildings and infrastructure built for the portal, but also protect public trust,” the Special Adviser said.

Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Bode Agoro, who started the project as Permanent Secretary in the Lands Bureau, said the Sanwo-Olu administration had created a data chain that could not be broken by any system, thanking the Governor for standing with the team during tough periods, while they worked to bring the project into a reality.

Agoro said before the Tinubu administration initiated EDMS, search period on land data and information used to take four week, which reduced to three days after EDMS kicked off.

“With Governor Sanwo-Olu’s e-GIS portal, every information about any State land will appear on the system at the click of a button. This is creating a chain that cannot be broken by any system. The new innovation has enabled us achieve data cleansing, just as it helps us sift out forged land titles in Lagos,” Agoro said.

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