Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State

Zamfara shuts markets, revokes all land titles for electronic recertification

*The Zamfara State Government says the closure of four markets is necessary in order to maintain law and order in the affected towns, villages, and their immediate neighbourhoods

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a measure to uphold law and order in the affected areas, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has ordered the closure of four markets in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Bala Maru, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), who made the announcement in a statement Thursday, May 20, 2021, said the closure was with immediate effect.

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Maru stated that the closure was necessary in order to maintain law and order in the affected towns, villages, and their immediate neighbourhoods in Zamfara State, North-West region of Nigeria.

The statement noted that three of the affected markets are in Birnin Magaji LGA and the fourth is in Maru LGA.

According to the SSG, they included Sabon Birnin Dan Ali Thursday Market, Cigama Friday Market, and Kokiya Tuesday Market, all in Birnin Magaji, as well as Dansadau Friday Market in Maru.

Likewise, Governor Matawalle has ordered the revocation of all land titles across all local governments of Zamfara State.

Subsequently, Matawalle directed property owners to go to the state’s Geographic Information System (ZAGIS) for recertification of their respective land titles, with the new policy of granting electronic certificates.

ConsumerConnect reports a geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.

By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organisations better understand spatial patterns and relationships.

It was learnt the Zamfara State Governor disclosed that this development at the flag-off of the issuance of the Electronic Certificates of Occupancy (e-C of O), noting that the task would only be carried out by ZAGIS.

The issuance of e-C of O is to curtail illegal acquisition of lands and criminal tenancy by infiltrating bandits and their informants, stated the governor.

He further explained that his administration decided to adopt the e-C of O following the corrupt practices and shady deals that have characterised the manual issuance of C of Os, in which unsuspecting property owners were cheated by some fraudulent officers handling the process.

According to Matawalle, it is the most valuable resource needed to be carefully guarded against abuse and misuse.

He said that all e-C of Os to be issued under the new system would be strictly based on the extant land use regulations.

The land certification initialisation embraced by his administration was part of his government’s efforts at creating a new and technology-driven economy for the 21st Century.

The governor urged all landowners in the state to come forward and certify their titles and to pay their ground rents as and when due.

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