The Benue State Government has adopted a flexible payment plan to make processing of Certificate of Occupancy(C of O) and other land documents affordable to the people.
Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Hon. Bernard Unenge made this known on Thursday when he featured alongside the BENGIS Project Manager, Mr Mario Bajouk on a live interactive programme, “Land and Solid Minerals in Focus” on Radio Benue, Makurdi.
Hon. Unenge while discussing on the topic; “Benue Land Digitization: the Efforts so far” said after paying the necessary processing fee of nineteen thousand (N19000) naira only, applicants for land titles are given the opportunity to choose a convenient payment plan which they can complete upon collection of their C of Os.
He also disclosed that the opportunity is in addition to Governor Ortom’s downward review of all land based charges which have been in place since 2017.
Hon. Unenge added that, digital forms have been made available for free at the ministry and encouraged people to apply for C of O and other land documents as well as update their old C of O to the new one.
The Commissioner further stated that, people can also apply for change of land size, search of land status to ascertain its genuineness when buying from individuals.
Unenge also explained that people who do not have existing files with the ministry need to go to the office to fill forms and submit the necessary documents for their files to be processed.
He cautioned people against paying fees for land titles through third parties and advised them to apply through the Customer Care Service of the ministry, which will be processed within the maximum period of one month.
The Commissioner advised people who have Local Government titles to update to the new statutory C of O which they can also use as collateral to access bank loans or other financial facilities.
Commenting on the digitization efforts so far, the BENGIS project Manager, Mr Mario Bajouk said a lot is being done at the temporary office in the ministry while structural work on the main office complex has commenced.
Some callers on the programme, Kene Kenneth and Donald Terhemba appealed to the ministry to also extend awareness to rural areas.