Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has launched the Homeowners Charter policy designed to enable home owners in the state regularize land documents.
Ajimobi during the official flag off ceremony of the Enumeration and Assessment of properties in the State at the Housing Corporation Ibadan on Saturday informed that the initiative was one of the measures being put in place by the government to reduce the pains of the current economic downturn.
He used the occasion to announce that the state government was changing from the current use of paper-based Certificate of Occupancy to the Electronic Certificate of Occupancy (e-C of O’) with security features to make it a lot more copy proof.
Ajimobi explained that the scheme was created to enable home owners in Oyo State who currently have no title documents like Survey and Building plans to obtain titles with great ease and at very affordable rates of N120,000.00.
He assured that every measure has been put in place to ensure the scheme is transparent and devoid of unnecessary bottlenecks.
“This is one of the measures being put in place by our government not only to lessen the pains of the current economic downturn on our people but to empower them for greater economic possibilities. Also, Oyo State Government is changing from the current use of the paper-based Certificate of Occupancy to ‘e-C of O’, the electronic Certificate of Occupancy with features to make it a lot more secure and copy proof.
“The electronic C of O will contain the following elements: a scanned photograph of the Owner printed on a copy-proof security paper; an encrypted and enhanced 2D bar code that is unique to the owner; an additional embedded security characteristic containing vital security information that can only be viewed with an enabled barcode reader that is unique to the Owner only; and a distinctive Certificate of Occupancy number that will be very legible for all to see”.
Ajimobi appealed to the people across the State, especially property owners, to cooperate with members of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Oyo State Chapter, who will handle the enumeration and assessment exercise, noting that the essence of the enumeration is to generate data that will aid sustainable developmental objectives in the state.
“Without a dependable data base, neither significant nor sustainable developmental objectives can be achieved.
However, in order to generate, categorise and databank these critical information, the State Government decided to engage the services and collaboration of the Oyo State chapter of The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). Our decision to appoint and work with this Institution as Consultants for this very important assignment is a further testimony of this Administration’s recognition of the role of professional bodies as able stakeholders in the daunting task of returning our dear state to its traditional and enviable position of the pacesetter”.
Commissioner for Land, Housing and Survey, Mr. Ajiboye Omodewu while speaking posited that the enumeration of properties became necessary for effective planning and determination for the provision of infrastructures like water, health centres, police posts, roads among others, appealing to the people of the state to cooperate with the state government to achieve the desired objectives of the exercise.