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Lagos Assembly plans geographic information law for harmonised database

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*The Lagos State House of Assembly is considering the Lagos Geographic Information Service bill seeking to harmonise all geographic information service projects to create comprehensive database, and curb land ownership issues in the state

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) is currently considering a new bill seeking to harmonise all geographic information service projects of the state.

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions Friday, May 17, 2024, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

Commenting on the new bill, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said when passed, the law would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

Represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, Dr. Obasa stated: “It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology.

“This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development.”

The Speaker submitted the Assembly would always make the residents of the state its focal point.

Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, also said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of Information Technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

Ogunkelu, representing Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that would cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for

the progress of the state.

The legislator noted: “The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs.”

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for being proactive while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

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