Buni approves 25-year development master plan for Damaturu 

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has granted approval for the development of 25-year Damaturu master plan over effective land administration and management.

The governor made this known while inaugurating a digital portal on land administration and management for the Yobe State Geographic Information Service (YOGIS) and a one-step digital platform for accessing digitised data about land in Damaturu.

He said the production of the master plan was part of the state government’s urban development programmes geared towards enhancing land administration across the state.

“I have approved the contract for the production of a 25 -year Damaturu master plan and I am pleased to inform you that the team of experts engaged by the state government are ready to commence work.

“Upon completion of the Damaturu master plan, we would also produce a master plan for the other major urban areas across the state namely, Potiskum, Nguru, Gashua, Geidam and Buni-Yadi.

“To give our citizens opportunities and prospects, YOGIS should design a project to produce titles to our traditional settlements across the urban areas in the state. The settlers will pay some amount to obtain their certificate of occupation.

“With this, the inhabitants of these additional settlements will be able to use their titles as a collateral to access services.”

The director general of YOGIS, Dr Abdullahi Gana, while speaking, said from April 2021 to date, the agency had generated and remitted N179 million from processing fees.

He also stated that the agency had secured a grant to the tune of N1.3 billion from the World Bank project.