…says it will bear applicants’ cost of survey, planning permission
…first 2,000 applicants to enjoy discounts
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has launched a digitized Certificate of Occupancy issuance platform, as part of its strategy for growing the Gross Domestic Product of the State.
A release issued by the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem noted that the processing and collection of Certificate of Occupancy is now faster, easier and affordable.
While he urged all eligible property owners without title or approved documents to take advantage of the opportunity, Abiodun also revealed that Oyo State Government will ensure all land owners in the State have digitized title documents by December 2022, amidst the accelerated provision of digitized title documents.
Abdu-Raheem said “the processing and collection of Certificate of Occupancy would take only Sixty (60) days under the Oyo State Home Owners Charter (OYHOC) scheme. While Government will bear the cost of survey, planning permission and all other relevant documents for applicants who do not have them under the OYHOC scheme”.
“Records have shown that majority of residential landed properties in Oyo State have no registered titled documents leaving such property owners open to many risks, hence the need for the C of O”, he addled
.According to the Lands helmsman, all C of Os issued under the improved OYHOC will not only be digitized, for ease of authenticity confirmation, they would also be the same legal instrument as any other C of O being issued by the Government.
He added that, “Property owners can now easily use their properties as collateral for any financial transaction as well as having their documentation on the digital database of the Ministry for ease of confirmation and transfer”.
Barrister Abiodun further hinted that application forms can be obtained at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development at the State secretariat, all Local Government Authority Offices as well as Local Council Development Authority offices (LGA &LCDAs) for only N6,000.00 (Six thousand Naira) payable using customized OYHOC recharge cards.
He also said all applicants must immediately register their application by following the instructions on the recharge card as the unique PIN on the recharge card will serve as their application number and as receipt for the application form payment.
The Commissioner pointed out that the first 2,000 applicants will enjoy a 15% discount, hence it is critical for all applicants to immediately register their application with the OYHOC recharge cards following the instructions carefully.
He however noted that the concessionary processing fee applicable for the OYHOC scheme C of O is only available for applications received between now and 31st December, 2020.
Barrister Abiodun further urged applicants to visit the website www.lands.oyostate.gov.ng. while enquiries can be made through Room 4, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan. Tel: 0700 696 52637 (0700 OYO LANDS) and email: firstname.lastname@example.org