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BENGIS: The New Land Policy In Benue

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Last Month, The Benue State Government had taken a bold step to revolutionalize land administration when Governor Samuel Ortom performed the inauguration and groundbreaking ceremony of Benue State Geographic Information Service, BENGIS.

The Governor declared on the occasion:

“This project marks a milestone in the history of my administration and could not have come at a better time. This is because it will address the numerous challenges associated with land administration in the state as well as support improved urban planning, infrastructure development, environmental management and encourage private investment.”

BENGIS is set to ease the acquisition, registration and documentation of land in the state, as well as issuance of title documents. The project is being supervised by the State Ministry of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals.

The Benue Government in February this year(2020) awarded contract for the creation of a modern Geographic Information Service to GIS Transport Ltd. The contract followed the approval Governor Ortom had earlier given to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals.

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COVERAGE
BENGIS will operate throughout Benue with a service centre in Makurdi, the state capital and additional service points in Gboko, Otukpo, and Adikpo. Each of the four centres will have a modern office infrastructure built to professional standards with 24/7 power supply and ICT platform with internet access.

Other features of BENGIS as enumerated by the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Hon. Bernard Unenge include digital aerial mapping, staff training, one-stop shop for land services including survey, town planning, land administration, solid minerals identification, valuation, e-payment and collection platform.

SIGNIFICANCE
Governments at all levels now depend on geospatial data to facilitate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. It is therefore to enhance good governance in this modern era that the Ortom administration finds BENGIS as a key platform for improved decision making and policy formulation.

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BENGIS will equally provide the needed geospatial information to support Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) of Government, organizations and professional bodies to optimize their performance in the areas of revenue drive and access to timely and precise information which will not only assist in policy formulation but also help in effecting changes to existing policies in the face of emerging realities.
Effective implementation of BENGIS will surely address/curtail land disputes.

The project is for two years and was awarded based on the Turkey Solution. This means that the contractor, GIS Transport Ltd will design, build, operate and transfer management of the project to Benue State Government.

As Commissioner Unenge pointed out, ‘land is a valuable resource in terms of its economic values for agriculture, residential uses, forestry, industrialization, mining and a medium for provision of infrastructure as well as its asset value as an important component of business capital’.

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BENEFITS OF BENGIS
(In Summary)

* Digital aerial mapping of Benue State
* Identification of solid mineral resources
* Systematic and efficient land re-certification, regularization and registration of titles/interest in land
* Enhanced planning and development control
* Elimination of land speculation
* Boost investment in real estate sector through transparent processing of land titles
* Warehousing of land documents in soft and hard copies
* Enhanced revenue for the state through computerized system of identification and collection of revenue and dues such as ground rent
* Computer based decentralization of land management through establishing BENGIS centres in Benue’s three senatorial districts
* Identifying and classifying land based on their suitability for particular crop cultivation, agricultural activities, mining, forestry, residential and other uses
* State-of-the-art complex with digital tools
* Reduced cases of land disputes/legal tussles for land ownership amongst others.

BENGIS, a win-win land policy for the people.

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Gov Simon Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Plateau State

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Following resolutions reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary, Prof. Danladi A. Atu, said the decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.

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Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.

However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.

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By this notice, “we urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state”.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong

For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters. In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.

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“We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks”.

“We therefore call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people”.

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Kogi Switch To Action, Begins Rehabilitation Of Roads

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Hon. Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Ohere, Commissioner for a works and Housing

Amidst coronavirus pandemic, #EndSARS protest and unfavourable economic situation in the country, Kogi State Government has defied all that and has begun second phase of grading of the 500 Unit, Ganaja Federal Road to ease the sufferings of motorists passing through the dilapidated road.

State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Sadiq Ohere stated this while inspecting ongoing works on the site, said the grading became necessary after the first one carried out some weeks ago.

“We have began the second round of grading of roads within the 500 unit estate”.

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The efforts is to ease the sufferings of commuters who are unable to still pass the major roads.

“We are concerned about the sufferings, and Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed that we Open up the alternative road”.

He said other roads in the state capital and in other parts of the Stste will follow up immediately after the rain subsides.

He thanked the people of the State for their patience and understanding, saying efforts is on to fix the Ganaja Federal Highway permanently from being cutoff Everytime the flood comes.

According to him, the initial design did not take cognisance of the heavy traffic reason why it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

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He however said the road would be made motorable for commuters in the next few days.

 

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Hajiya Rakiya Bullet Congratulates Barr. Tanko Over Appointment As Chairman State Civil Service Commission

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Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

L-R: Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Former Assistant Small Governor and Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission

 

A famous grassroot Woman Politician in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet has congratulated the newly appointed Chairman Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Chief (Barr) Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.

Hajiya Bullet in a statement made available to Global Times Nigeria in Lokoja, the State capital on Tuesday said the appointment is Well-deserved considering his antecedent and track records of performance.

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Barr. Tanko and Hajiya Iyami

She said the appointment is well deserved in view of his efforts in transforming the council when he served as Administrator.

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Hajiya Bullet who is also the former Assistant Small Governor representing Kogi LG, thanked the Governor Yahaya Bello for the honour done to their LG through the appointment of one of their own as Chairman State Civil Service Commission, having served earlier in his cabinet, and in his previous term.

She advised Barr. Tanko to deploy his expertise on the new portfolio, which is a call to higher service and responsibility in accordance with the mandate of the governor and provide possible way to reform civil service in the State.

According to her, Barr. Tanko had worked well in his previous office and through provision of social amenities, empowerment of youths, women and the less privilege, people’s oriented policies and other programs among others.

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Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet is optimistic of his superlative performance, while assuring of her continued prayer, support and loyalty in order for him to achieve maximally.

She assured the civil servants that Barr. Tanko will not disappoint them, call for their support and cooperation to pave the way for tremendous success as Tanko’s passion for service to humanity is unrivalled.

 

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet and some other women group had earlier paid a congratulatory visit to Barr. Tanko at his Lokoja residence.

 

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