The neglect of the implementation of vital sections of the Land Use Act is a major pitfall that has hampered the transformation of agricultural modernisation, housing delivery and good land governance, the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform has said.
According to the committee, the objectives of the Act since its passage have not been achieved.
The committee said new challenges had emerged in land management, causing confusion in the system.
PTCLR, in a document made available to our correspondent on Sunday, stated that the present dismal state of land management had not only generated increased tenure insecurity, but also hampered economic growth and prosperity of Nigerians.
The Chairman, PTCLR, Prof. Peter Adeniyi, said, “One of the major pitfalls of the LUA is the fact that none of the key pieces of regulation envisaged to enhance its implementation has been developed and passed by the appropriate authority since its inception.
“In addition, the absence of information on the spatial extent of most land rights makes it difficult to enforce several provisions of the law.”
The committee, had at a workshop on the review and validation of the draft regulations of the LUA, in Abuja last week, called for the establishment of good land governance in Nigeria.
To achieve this, it recommended that all land in Nigeria, as a matter of urgency, be duly documented using the legitimate Systematic Land Tilting and Registration model.
It added that necessary regulations to make this happen should be developed for consideration by the National Council of State.
Adeniyi said, “Today, land management remains a critical national challenge despite the noble intention of the LUA.
“In the government’s drive to address the challenge of land ownership and management in socio-economic equation of the nation, the PTCLR was set up to address the challenges of land and to reform its management with a view to enabling the citizens and the nation take better advantage of the benefits of land ownership.”
He explained that since it commenced work, the committee had identified the need to adopt SLTR to rapidly improve the dismal level of land registration in Nigeria, which currently stood at less than three per cent of the country’s total area.
“Not only is SLTR the preferred mode, it has been the proven approach in many countries with similar challenges as Nigeria,” he added.