PROF NUHU DELIVERS 72ND INAUGURAL LECTURE

Prof. Nuhu, stated this yesterday when he presented the 72nd Inaugural Lecture entitled: Land Safety: How Secured? at the Caverton Lecture Theatre, Main Campus.
According to him, Security of Tenure, Access to Land, Land Use, Land Valuation, Taxation and Land Market. Others are, Land Acquisition and Modernization of Land Administration Services are the issues he identified.

Speaking on securing land for all Nigerians, the Professor of Estate Management and Valuation stated that the Land Use Act of 1978 is the framework for Land policy and land administration in Nigeria, hence it vests proprietary rights of land on the state; grants rights in land to individuals; and the use of an administrative system in the allocation of rights in land.

This, however, brings about uniformity in laws governing land use and ownership, uncontrolled speculation in urban land, and access to land rights by Nigerians on equal legal basis, and fragmentation of rural lands.

Prof. Nuhu who is the first from the department to present the well-attended lecture reiterated that there has been a cry for the amendment of the Act in such a manner that it will serve the purposes for which it was promulgated. He called on the government to respect the wishes of the people of Nigeria to bring an end to the nagging question by appropriately amending the Act.

The don also highlighted that land acquisition and compensation adopted by private developers is by agreement, which is cash based compensation, while government adopts expropriation / compulsory for road construction, parks and service facilities; it is also cash based or replacement compensation. He argued that land cannot adequately be compensated for as the owner loses goodwill as well as businesses and homes.

The lecturer maintained that his contributions to knowledge are predicated on the tripod of land administration. He suggested that with the recent advancement in the use of satellite imagery, especially the Geographical Information System (GIS), as well as Geographical Positioning System (GPS), the issues of land registration should not be that difficult except for the cost of the land.

Prof. Nuhu who was a former Commissioner, Tertiary Education, Niger State, Director of Works, Housing and Transport with the Niger State Local Government Service Commission and vastly knowledgeable in land management matters, called on the federal government to invest in land for development purposes. He also recommended that some amendments should be made to the Act in order to free it from ambiguities. In addition to providing genuine commitment for full implementation, “there is the need for a review of the Act because of high cost of certificate of occupancy (C of O) and administrative bottlenecks. Hence the need for land reform in order to create effective utilization of land resources in Nigeria,” he stressed.

On the ‘Ruga Settlements’ saga in Nigeria he explained that the acronym RUGA means Rural Grazing Areas, rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organised place with provision of amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, veterinary clinics, markets and process units that will add value to meat and animal products. This, he added, is to curb open grazing of animals, reduction of conflicts between herders and farmers, to boost animal production with complete value chain that will increase quality of feeding and access to animal care, increase private sector participation in commercial pasture production, provide job creation and access to credit facilities.
He recommended that RUGA should be inclusive, open and transparent so that the concept would not be robbing Peter for Paul.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, made known that the lecture is the first in the entire Northern Region to be presented in the field of Estate Management and Valuation. He commended the lecturer for this great feat barely few months after the University Council approved his professorship.

Prof. Bala acknowledged the array of dignitaries that graced the occasion.

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