Kogi commissions GIS to track criminals

By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA— KOGI State government has commissioned its Geographic
Information System, KOGIS, to bequeath to the state a secured land
management system that can process, analyse, store and retrieve land data

The system is also designed to help track kidnappers, robbers and other
criminals in the state.

The state governor, Yahaya Bello, who commissioned it yesterday, said the
launch of KOGIS will move the state away from the inefficient era of analogue
system of land documentation to a computerised land administration system
that will increase the channels of service delivery to the public through
modern ICT tools.

He said the GIS will also aid in the tracking of kidnappers, robbers and other
criminal hideouts.

Bello lamented that the state had, over the years, lost significant revenue due
to the inefficient manual processes, inadequate infrastructure framework and
analogue system of land documentation and record keeping.

He said with the launch of KOGIS, all property owners were expected to re-
certify their Certificates of Occupancy, Cs of O, where they existed, while
holders of Right of Occupancy, R of O, are to obtain the secured C of O.
The governor said: “The greatest merit of the system is that land
racketeering, double allocation, missing of land files, haphazard land
allocation, document mutilation, outright fraud and encroachment associated
with the analogue land administration is gone for good.”

In his remarks, Commissioner for Works, Land, Housing and Urban
Development, Engr. Abdulmumini Sadiq, said with the system, land
administration was automated in line with global best practice.

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