IBB meets PDP chairman behind closed doors, Lagos starts issuing e-C of O & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo


Lagos begins issuance of electronic certificate of occupancy

The electronic Certificates of Occupancy (e-C of O) has been awarded by the Lagos State Government on Friday in Ikeja to 55 property owners in the state.

The documents were presented to the beneficiaries by Governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola at a brief ceremony to officially kick-start the issuance of the e-certificates.

The first set  of beneficiaries are property owners in the various government land schemes.

Today’s Telegraph reports:

Presenting the documents, Fashola said that the migration from the paper title to electronic C of 0 was the state’s response to the problem of document counterfeiting.

According to him, the illegal printing of the “Yellow Paper” by some unscrupulous people has affected the reliability of the paper C of 0 as alegal title to properties in the state.

He said the new electronic title was to eliminate fraud in the system and ensure efficient land administration in the state.

“This new electronic document is more secure as it is designed to eliminate cloning and issuance of documents that are not genuine.

“Those issued with this e-C of O can be sure they have bought land rather than law suits. The new document guarantees safety of properties,” the governor said.

Fashola said that the government would speed up the process of issuance of the new document to clear the backlog of applications.

He said those with authentic paper C of O had nothing to worry about as the old document still provided temporary legal cover on their properties.

The governor, however, stated that holders of the “Yellow paper” would soon be required to turn in their old document for the new e-C of 0.

Shedding more light on the new document, the Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Mr Hakeem Muri- Okunola, said the issuance of the e-C of O was faster and less cumbersome.

According to the permanent secretary, applicants who fulfil all necessary conditions will be issued the document within 45 days.

On why property owners in government land schemes were being issued the new document first, Muri-Okunola said the step was purely for ease of administration.

“We are focusing on properties in government’s plans because we are just starting; very soon, we will extend it to private purchasers of land as well,’’ he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Abimbola Akinyemi, commended the government for the initiative and noted that it would put the minds of property owners at rest.

“I feel so great getting this document and I want to commend the government for the idea. With this e-C of 0, property owners can now feel safe with their properties as it has eliminated the many problems with the old paper document.

“I applied online and within a short time, here I am with the document. This is unbelievable and it is really commendable,’’ she said.


PDP in Abia says will support Jonathan if he runs in 2015

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia says it would support President Goodluck Jonathan, if he declared his intention to run for a second term in office.

This statement was made by the  Chairman of the party in the state, Emma Nwaka, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia.

Sen. Nwaka said that the President had given the state a sense of belonging in terms of infrastructure development and appointment of indigenes to key positions.

Leadership reports:

He specifically listed the ongoing reconstruction of the Abia end of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, which had been in a state of disrepair.

He thanked the Federal Government for the construction of the Integrated Power Project at Alaoji in Ugwunagbo LGA and the 132 KV substations at Ohiya, near Umuahia.

Nwaka noted that for the first time since the end of the Nigerian civil war, somebody from the South Eastgeopolitical zone was appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

He thanked the President for the gesture and expressed happiness that the former COAS, retired Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, served the nation meritoriously.

Nwaka said the recent change in the leadership of the party at the national level would help to reposition the party for greater prospects in the 2015 polls.

He charged party faithful to join hands with the leaders of the party, saying, “through our concerted efforts, we are sure of landslide victory in the 2015 general elections.’’

He described the achievements of Gov. Theodore Orji in the state as unparalleled, saying; it had brightened the party’s chances in the state.

‘’The governor’s performance in all sectors of the state has become PDP’s greatest selling point in the state,’’ Nwaka said.

He assured candidates seeking elective positions in 2015 on the platform of PDP in Abia of a level playing field, adding that party’s candidates would emerge through a democratic process.

He said that the party would not impose candidates on the people, noting that candidates must be popular and acceptable to the people. 

PDP chairman Mu’azu meets IBB behind closed-door

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu on Friday held a closed-door meeting with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, in continuation of his nationwide consultation with elders of the party.

Mu’azu, who led a 15-man team, arrived the Minna Uphill residence of the former Military President at about 12.05pm and went into a closed-door meeting, which lasted till 1.05pm.

Members on the entourage of Mu’azu, which included the PDP National Youth Leader, Alhaji Abdullahi Maibasera; former House of Reps Speaker Gali Na’aba and the state PDP acting chairman, Tanko Beji, were excused from the meeting to enable the two leaders to have a confidential and private session.

Emerging from the meeting, Babangida declined to speak with journalists on the meeting.

The former leader bluntly told newsmen that he was not prepared to talk.

“I am not going to say a word. I am not talking,” he said.

Muazu said he was in Minna as part of his reconcilatory move and in continuation of his meeting with some elders of the party since he emerged as the chairman of the ruling party.

He said, “I am here in continuation of my visit to our elders and I had a fruitful meeting with the former President. It was a fruitful meeting.”

Mu’azu, while declining to give details of the meeting, said, “What we discussed is not meant for public consumption. All I can say is that we had a fruitful discussion”.

He also met with the Niger State governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu.

7 killed as Boko Haram plants explosives on highway

Members of the deadly sect, Boko Haram have adopted a new method of their terror attacks in Borno State.

Improvised explosives device (IED) were planted along Gwoza-Madagali killed seven passengers when the bus conveying them got to  the spot where the bomb was placed.

Gwoza-Madagali is an inter-state road connecting Borno and Adamawa state.

Nigerian Eye reports:

It was gathered that the road has been closed after the unfortunate incident by securityoperatives as the anti-bomb team are combing the area for explosives. 

According to a reliable security source, who spoke to our Correspondent on condition of anonimity said, ” at about 0700hours of Thursday, some insurgents planted IEDs in Kutura village along the Gwoza- Madagali federal highway which exploded with a Toyota Bus conveying passengers where seven of them died on the spot, while three others sustained injuries.

He gave the name of some of the deceased as; Suleh Adamu, aged 43, Zakariya Shuaibu 40, Bako Suleiman 35, Lami Baba 40 and Mohammed Maikanwa a 50 year-old man from Damagaram town of Niger

The Police Commissioner of Borno state, Mr. Lawal Tanko confirmed the incident when contacted on phone.

Tanko said, ” Yes we received an information from the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Gwoza Local government area that a bus conveying passengers stumbled on a Bomb planted by the side of the federal highway in Kutura village killing 7 passengers on the spot.”

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