BOGIS begins crack down on land defaulters in Maiduguri


By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –

Following recent notice issued in advance by the Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIs) to revoke titles of defaulters under the BOGIS Pilot Scheme who refused to comply with the directive of perfecting their documents before the 31st December deadline, the agency has swung into action.

Members of the verification Committee alongside other staff of the agency have stormed Old GRA, Circular Road, Damboa Road, Maiduguri and extensions in the layouts to serve enforcement notices to defaulters, both residents and commercial owners.

Among other notices issued by the BOGIS team during the final warning visits are ground rent, change of purpose, sub-divisions, and perfect documents.

However, members of the committee expressed dismay over the erection of illegal buildings in some areas visited.

Executive Secretary, Engr. Adams Bababe, in his reaction said this is in spite of all awareness by the agency, calling on people to seek government approval before sub-leasing their property, as contained in Section 21 of the Land Use Act 1978 which provides that (‘It shall not be lawful for any customary right of occupancy or any part of it to be alienated by assignment, mortgage, transfer of possession, sublease, or otherwise howsoever without the consent of the Governor’)

He therefore, called on all landholders in the state to adhere strictly to the rules governing land regulations as the government will not condone such.

It could be recalled that, from three years to date, the agency has issued several notices to 10 layouts under the BOGIS Pilot Scheme, mostly elitist Layouts.

He noted also that unfortunately, many turned a deaf ear; hence, the need to swing into action in the interest of pursuing orderly and digitized land management in the state.

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