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Lagos Assembly Moves To Pass Geographic Information Law Bill

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By Felix Kuyinu

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have made plans in passing a bill on geographic information law in the state.

The lawmakers informed that the bill, when implemented will create a comprehensive database in the state alongside alleviating the anomalies in disputes of property ownership.

The legislators revealed that the bill will look into the introduction, implementation and sustainability of the best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as developing and maintaining an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.

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Reacting, Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, member representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituecy 02, remarked on the proposed bill stating that it would be helpful in governance and serve as a bolster in professionalism when implemented.

The lawmaker hinted that the move is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology to ensure more developments in the state.

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, who represents Epe Constituecy 02, said “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.

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