The four years contract entered into by the

Nasarawa State government under the Nasarawa

Development Platform (NDP) terminated on the

19th April, 2016. DONATUS NADI, takes a look at

how the initiative has revolutionised general land

administration and boosted the revenue generation

capacity of the state.


In a state wide broadcast on 1st October, 2012,

Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura stated that the development

of the abundant land resource of the state was a singular

priority of his government.

For this reason, he vigorously pursued a policy on land 

administration through the completion of the Nasarawa 

Geographic Information Service (NAGIS) project.  

Four years on, after the implementation of the first 

phase of this project, the state has come to the 

realisation of its development control drive, including

 the urban renewal programme.

The development platform has three components which 

include: Digital Area Mapping (DAM), Nasarawa Geographic

Information Service (GIS), and district planning.

The first component, the Digital Aerial Mapping, which 

was undertaken by Aeroprecisa Limited, has completed the

aerial digital mapping of the state, the first of its kind

in the country. They have also been processed and 

computerised in a database for easy administration of land

resources in the state.


The provision of geographic information service, which 

was the second component, was undertaken by GIS Transport,

which computerised and digitally captured all land 

documents processed and issued by the state ministry of

Lands and Urban Planning.


This component has also seen to the introduction of a new 

Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), which is now easily 

obtained through a simplified process within the shortest 

possible time.Another component is the implementation of 

Lafia headquarters and Karu service centre. In this 

direction, the general land use and detailed district 

plans have been produced for implementation at the cost 

of over N300 million. With revenue generation as one of 

its centrepiece, the Nasarawa Geographic Information 

Service (NAGIS) has revolutionised the Internal Revenue 

Generation base of the state, generating four billion 

naira in four years.

Records of revenue returns on land administration in the 

state shows that as at 2007 when the previous 

administration of Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma assumed office,

what accrued to the state from land administration stood 

at N29, 283, 254.71. After efforts to develop the land 

administration mechanism met little success, as at 2011 

when he was leaving office after four years, the sum of 

N34,810, 681.02 was realised, although the highpoint in 

this effort was recorded in 2010 when it got 

N53,739, 195.09. When Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura 

assumed office in 2011, he set about repositioning land 

administration to tap into its rich potentials and within 

one year the state realised over 1000 percent of its 

previous earnings on land.

As at 2012 the total sum of N317, 426, 306.29 was paid 

into the coffers of government as proceeds from land 



This investment which the state made at the cost of N2.7 

billion yielded N448, 020, 842.68 in 2013 representing 

an increase of over N130 million.

The land sector scaled the half­billion mark in revenue 

generation on land administration in 2014 when it realised

the sum of N608, 689, 414.32.

The state commissioner of Lands and Town Planning, 

Mr Sonny Agassi, explained that the year 2015 was peculiar

 not only

to Nasarawa State but all across the nation as the economy

suffered the backlash of economic recession occasioned by

the crash in oil price at the global market.

He said, like any other commercial interest, land 

administration through procurement of titles and servicing

of rents suffered setbacks and as a result the land sector

recorded N534,238, 854.37,  representing a marginal drop 

of N74 million. Explaining further, Mr Agassi noted that 

although there was a shortfall in the collected revenue, 

the revenue generated for the year 2015 stood at N1, 856,

723, 664.00. He said the shortfall experienced in 

collected revenue was as a result of the inability of 

those who were ready to claim them as a result of the 

economic crunch.


The commissioner of Lands and Town Planning, who doubles 

as the project manager of NAGIS, explained that it a

temporary setback, the public has continued to appreciate

the need to get titles on their lands. To this end the 

sum of N346,160, 800.00 was realised in the first quarter 

2016 although only N79 million has been collected.

Records obtained by LEADERSHIP Friday show that between 

1999­2007, Governor Abdullahi Adamu’s administration

produced and issued a total of 3, 621 Rights of Occupancy

(R of Os) within eight years. In Aliyu Doma’s four years,

between 2007 and 2011, a total of 717 R of Os were 

produced and issued. Within Almakura’s five years in 

office between 2011 to date, 3,701 were produced and 3, 

075 were collected, leaving 626 uncollected.

Similarly, in Abdullahi Adamu’s eight year reign from 

1999­2007, a total of 214 Certificates of Occupancy 

(C of Os) were

printed, signed and issued, while his successor, Doma, 

issued only 24 in four years. From 2011 to date, through

the rejuvenated NAGIS land reform policy, Governor 

Almakura printed 1443 C of Os, signed 698,

and issued 552 with 146 uncollected.

Other reforms in land administration imply that 

application for statutory titles on lands in Nasarawa 

State must now be accompanied by proper survey plan in 

the bid to fully implement government’s reforms in lands 

management and administration in line with international

best practices.


The introduction of the new system is in strict 

compliance with relevant laws, particularly CAP 425 Laws

of the Federation, as well as the regulation by Surveyors 

Council of Nigeria (SURCON).

Presently, NAGIS has entered its second phase with clear 

mandate to optimise its operations and committed 

development of its Lafia headquarters and Karu service 

centre. Special emphasis in this phase is placed on the 

implementation of the general land use and detailed 

district plans with the aim to create a rational pattern 

for physical development.  It is intended to harness the 

natural land potentials of Karu, Keffi and Lafia. 

The designated areas of development in the selected local

governments include 1600sq/km in Lafia, 1, 268sq/km

in Karu and 400sq/km in Keffi.

With the commencement of the second phase, Governor 

Almakura stressed that: “It is at this point that we will 

station development control to stop the growth of slums 

in Nasarawa State. It is at this point that we will tailor

planned development to gradually make us a decent and 

liveable city as our big neighbour, Abuja”.

He explained that with a land size of 8,000 square metres,

Abuja records receipts of about N1.5 billion through the 

same initiative called AGIS. With NAGIS fully developed, 

his projection of revenue receipts is between two billion

naira and five billion naira, monthly of rents from the 

land size of 27,000 square metres – over three times the 

size of Abuja.


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