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AGIS, Lands Dept formulate tool to uncover forged title documents

Mar, 2021 | By Segun Kayode and Arome Alabi | ||

To ensure that genuine prospective investors willing to invest in the nation's capital city are protected from fraudsters, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has put in place mechanism to detect any forged title documents. Director of Information and Customer Service, Abuja Geographic Information Systems/Lands (AGIS/Lands), Mr. Muhammad Hazat Sule made this known to some journalists recently.

The Director revealed that FCTA has also fine-tuned strategy on the knotty issue of land racketeering to ensure that all land titles issued by AGIS/Land Administration Department are fully fortified with requisite security features such that no forged document passes through without being detected. "We have secured our titles and therefore we can easily detect forged and fake documents presented at any point of transacting business in AGIS or the Land Administration Department," Mr. Sule added.

He enjoined members of the public to always verify title documents from AGIS Complex at No. 4 Peace Drive, Central Business District, to avoid being scammed by touts or unscrupulous elements who pose as land agents. His words: "AGIS/Lands Department are service-oriented agencies which doors are always open for all potential customers and investors; moreover, the Customer Service has since been expanded and equipped with necessary skills to attend to the honest needs of the public." Sule assured members of the public that AGIS/Lands will continue to deliver efficient, quick and transparent services in line with the thinking of the Federal Government.

Accordingly, all services offered by AGIS/Lands are accessible, transparent and effective, being the trademark which the organizations are known for since their establishment, Sule stressed. The Director added that all arrangements have been concluded for AGIS to migrate its services online where people can access it even in the comfort of their homes, noting that FCTA is encouraged to take these proactive steps to ensure that Nigeria conforms with the Ease of Doing Business policy as specified by the World bank. He assured that government is more than ever determined to sustain the reforms which it started so as to further sanitize the way land transactions are conducted, in line with world best practices.

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