Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS

Support for the Improvement of Business and Investment Climate in Nigeria (BIC)

24/09/2018 - 16:57
Private Sector Development

The project's objective is to reduce the cost of land property registration in four Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Kano State and to improve the investment environment for the construction industry.

These changes will help build a market offer for housing, commercial and industrial property. Activities will create cost-effective, scalable and systematic registration procedures, simplified, more transparent and sustainable land registration systems for both rural and urban areas.

Successful pilot projects will serve as models for other states and LGAs.

 

Total Cost (EUR): 3 385 000.00

EU contracted amount (EUR): 3 385 000.00

Duration: October 2014 - April 2017

Implementing organisation: UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)

Benefitting zone: Nigeria

 

STORY: Support for the Improvement of Business and Investment Climate in Nigeria (BIC)

 

Providing easier access to land registration in Kano State, Nigeria

"The project demonstrates strategically how we can improve livelihoods through unlocking hidden wealth in unregistered land assets. By the mapping, registration and issuance of certificates of ownership/occupancy to land owners, the project has made it possible for beneficiaries to get out of the net of acute poverty thereby creating opportunity for small enterprise development."

Mr Frank Okafor - EUD project manager

CONTEXT

Prior to Systematic Land Title Registration (SLTR), acquisition of secure tenure involved lengthy delays, bureaucratic difficulties and high costs. It provides certificates of occupancy to all land owners for as little as 5 000 Naira (€14). Compared to the risks of the traditional system, with costs exceeding 300 000 Naira (€800) and no guarantee of success, the benefits of SLTR are compelling.

OBJECTIVES

  • To reduce the cost of land property registration in 4 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kano State.
  • To improve the investment environment for the construction industry in order to build a market offer for the housing, commercial and industrial property.
  • The activities will consist in implementing cost-effective, scalable and systematic registration procedures.
  • To create simplified, more transparent and sustainable land registration systems for both rural and urban areas.
  • Successful pilots will serve as models for other States and LGAs.

RESULTS

  • £1 768 485 additional income for land owners.
  • Aliyu Nakande, his two brothers and young sister, inherited their family home in Kano after their father’s passing. They all lived separately, but the cost of medical bills forced them all to move into the property with their mother. They agreed to sell their home to buy food, water and fund their education, but without proof of ownership, they could not attract any buyers.
  • Through SLTR, the Nakande family has registered their house, received a certificate of occupancy and increased the property’s value by 10-15%.

TESTIMONY

SLTR has helped the Nakande's achieve financial security for their future.

Aliyu said: "After our father died it was very difficult. The value of our house was so low because of no proof of ownership, and with the current situation in Nigeria, even if we had managed to sell the house, the money we realised would not have supported our livelihood. After we found out about GEMS3 and SLTR, the process of collecting our certificate was very easy. The value of our house has increased and our property has become much more attractive. We rent out our top floor and the three shops below us, and we have now been able to increase the amount we charge. It has increased our income and is allowing us to pay for our basic needs and fund our education."

With more financial security and improved prospects, the Nakande family have decided against selling their property and will continue utilising their commercial space as a source of income.

Aliyu, 26, and his brothers Ahmad, 24, and Jamil, 20, are now able to continue studying at university, improving their future opportunities. Their younger sister Juwaya, 14, now also has hopes of continuing on to further education after finishing high school.

 

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 15 000+ certificates of occupancy printed.
  • 97,000+ parcels of land demarcated in Kano and Kaduna.
  • Delivering registration to 50,000+ households each year.

          

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