Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has signed and approved the release of 2500 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) to property owners across the state which will take effect from today, Wednesday, September 9.
In a statement signed by Habib Haruna, the chief press secretary to the governor, the plan of the governor was to make it possible for citizens to use the C of O to their benefit.
Mr Olukayode Ogunnubi, the executive secretary in the Lands Bureau said the effort of the governor was to clear the log of certificates that were left behind by the previous administration.
He said: “A clear distinction must be made that this present government wants Lagosians to maximise the economic benefits derivable from ownership of properties as evidenced by obtaining their legal titles”.
“That’s what we are trying to achieve and that’s the reason why the Governor decided to clear all the back log, everything. Now we do not have pending C of O on our table”.
He added that the gover was also planning to make the process of acquiring the certificate less cumbersome so that interested person would be able to use them to obtain loans.
Ogunnubi said the governor plans to attend quickly to applications for the certificate. He compared the process to that done by the first civilian governor of the state, Lateef Jakande
“So once we have any new applicant for C of O, the Governor’s mandate is to ensure that he signs it within the 90 days tenure. Once you make your payment, we start the processing. Let me also report that we are going on the Electronic C of O fully (E-C of O). All the ones he signed are also E-C of O.
“In a nutshell, the idea is to eliminate bureaucratic bottlenecks and this is what the Governor intends to achieve in line with his commitment to make life simple and easy for the people”.
“This is a standard milestone as the last time such was witnessed was during the era of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande”,
He said the names of the recipients of the C of Os would be published in national dailies.