FAVOUR SHUAIB, Abuja
The Director of Abuja Geographic Information Systems, AGIS, Dr. Isa Jalo has revealed that the agency generated N50 million daily, as a result of reforms put in place by the current FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello.
The director noted that there has been an improvement in internally generated revenue in the Abuja Geographic Information Systems as well as across board improvements in land services delivery.
Jalo who made this revelation in a media chart with journalists in his office recently revealed that the agency is recording tremendous progress in internally revenue generation.
According to him, the figure showed a more than 40 percent improvement from the figure last year and was part of the outcome of the agency’s deployment of cutting-edge accounting software, which is best of its kind in any public accounting agency in the country.
His words, “The software, known as Microsoft Dynamics, was in the most part configured by AGIS in-house staff, to reduce the lengthy protocol the agency usually undertook in the generation of bills, tracking transactions and issuance of receipts of payment. The application integrates seamlessly with the Land Information System, LIS, and the collection banks’ interfaces, thereby automating the processes of revenue collection, customer file updates, auditing and checking end – to – end, thus, making the entire workflow very effective for operational analysis.”
Among other landmark achievements recorded in the agency are a reduction in waiting time for Legal Search to between 24 and 48 hours from the nearly four to five days it took to obtain this service in the past.
Speaking in the same vein, the Acting Director of Land Administration, Malam Adamu Hussaini, said that the minister has since commenced the signing of Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O), after reforming the institutional frameworks for land services delivery.
He announced that over 1000 C of Os have been signed and were ready for delivery to the owners, while there is no longer delays in the signing of land titles once they were cleared by relevant departments.
Reaffirming the commitment of the FCT Minister to institution building, Hussaini noted that the Land Use and Allocation Committee, LUAC, which had been moribund in the past years has recovered its statutory status as the clearing house for all land related issues.
He further disclosed that there is currently an enhanced synergy between the various land services stakeholder departments, like Urban and Regional Planning, Survey and Mapping, Land Administration, AGIS among others; which has eliminated various bottlenecks in the processing of land title documents in the administration.
Traffic decongestion: FCT taskforce to commence marking of illegal structures
The Ministerial Task Force set up a month ago by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, on traffic decongestion along Nyanya-Karu-Jikwoyi-Karshi axis will commence marking of illegal structures as the Task Force enters its second phase of its assignment.
Chairman of the Task Force, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Nienge, told journalists at the weekend that having completed sensitization of residents along the road corridors of government plan to open up the road for free flow of traffic, the next stage is to mark structures considered illegal along the route before demolition exercise.
The chairman who insisted that the Task Force will continue to use persuasion rather than coercion to achieve its objective, however, called on traders and union leaders to cooperate with the team during and after demolition of illegal structures.
“I have repeatedly said that I will prefer to do this job without wanting to resort to any form of coercion or use of force. That is why we have taken the sensitisation activities of the Task Force to the people themselves.
“We have held series of meetings with all the various groups of people who do business on that road and constitute clogs for the smooth flow of traffic. They include the NURTW, NARTO, car dealers and even the coffin sellers and yam sellers. No group of people were excluded. A very major group that we have consistently engaged are the scavengers.
“All these groups have pledged to cooperate and some have even began to voluntarily comply with our directives. We are about to commence the second phase of our mandate and that is to begin to mark out areas that will ultimately have to be removed”, Nienge affirmed.
The chairman expressed the determination of the Task Force not only to ease the traffic congestion on the road, but also to clean up the road axis and ensure that people no longer dumped refuse on the road sides and even on the road median which he identified as one of the major factors causing pollution in the affected areas.
It could be recalled that the FCT Minister inaugurated a Task Force for the decongestion of the Nyanya-Karu-Jikwoyi –Karshi road axis of the FCT.
The Task Force has members from all the relevant agencies and departments of the FCTA such as the Development Control Department, Satellite Town Development Department, VIO, AEPB, Security Department and AMAC. Agencies outside the FCTA include the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, NSCDC and the FRSC
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