As the Lagos State Lands Bureau experiences a slowdown in transactions resulting in up to 30% drop in revenue due to the economic recession, the Permanent Secretary in charge of the bureau, Bode Agoro has said, “The only thing we can do is to speed up our processing of governor’s consent, make it quicker and more efficient and hopefully people that kept their C of O or their transactions from obtaining governor’s consent, when they hear that things are moving fast, they will come up”
Earlier this year, in a bid to promote land acquisition, the State came up with the Land Grabbers Law which is targeted at property protection
According to Agoro, “…the law makes it an offense for someone to sell another man’s land and the average penalty is between 2 to 20 years imprisonment. If you see a grabber on your land, under this law, we can arrest the occupier because whoever is sitting on the land is the grabber. We have arrested many people and they have been prosecuted under the land grabber’s law”
In line with NMRC’s objectives, this new development will make it easier for people to acquire their own homes. NMRC and the Lagos State Government have been in discussions on the signing of an MoU to cement their partnership.