Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke, has directed that in the event that the processes leading up to the issuance of certificates of occupancy by the Cross River Geographic Information, CRGIA, take more than the 21 days advertised on the Agency’s fliers, staff of the Agency charged with this responsibility should be queried.
Imoke gave the directive, late Wednesday evening when he embarked on his maiden visit to the CRGIA in Calabar. He added that this directive has become neccessary to help create an agency that will in turn create value for the land assets that people have. He described his visit to the CRGIA as a symbolic exercise basically done to create awareness for the unit and draw the attention of indigenes and non-indigenes “to the best local technology available, integrating and engaging young men and women to help ease land ownership”. Minimum standards he added, “will be defined and compliance enforced through relevant ministries of government”.
Earlier in his welcome address, Clement Oshaka, Director-General of the CRGIA, revealed that, “CR had over the years, a land administration system that was manual and made simple activities like file searching difficult and daunting”. He was full of praises for Imoke’s “vision to provide the people of CRS and the general public with a… land administration and geographic information that is responsive, automated and reliable”.
The CRGIA was established by law on July 18, 2012 and offers a world-class GIS platform that provides historical data on each plot of land, captured and preserved electronically in standard reference archives maintained in the CRG
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