Niger govt cuts C-of-O fee to N15,000

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

Niger State government is to slash the cost for processing and acquiring a Certificate of Occupancy to a flat rate of N15,000 from the current N127,000, for urban-based property.

The new rate will take effect from January 2017, a government spokesperson, Jibrin Ndace, said Thursday.

The reduction, which will last for six months, will also see landowners in the rural areas paying as low as N5,000 for certificates of their plot.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Haliru Jikantoro, shortly after the state executive council meeting at the Government House Minna.

Mr. Jikantoro said the policy was aimed at enabling individuals prove the ownership of their landed properties, help provide means of creating wealth, as the certificate can be used as collateral for loan and to boost the Internally-Generated Revenue of the state.

According to the Commissioner, “The state government had decided to reduce the cost of processing and acquiring Certificate of Occupancy of all types of titles.

“This policy, which takes effect from January 2017 and last till 30th of June, 2017 for six months, is aimed at raising the Internally Generated Revenue of the state, to authenticate properties to genuine owners, ensure security and at the same time to create wealth for the people,” the commissioner said.

The flat rate covers either commercial, residential or farm lands.

He assured that adequate machinery has been put in place to protect people from being swindled, saying that all payments are to be paid to some designated banks as no physical cash will be collected.


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  • MO the Observer

    nice one…. wisdom isreally the principal thing.. i all other states can follow suit, paying of salaries will not be a problem again… our governors needs to think of how to create wealth

  • musa Ayo

    This is why we need very Intelligent and successful business men to man our political institutions. The governor has been a business man who truly knows the hurdle in getting access to loan from the Banks. If he were a carrier politician who has not engaged in business, there is no way he can come up with this remarkable policy. So with 30k I can now conveniently get a certificate for my lands and also get them at cheaper rate for my clients. Wonderful!

  • St

    Wisdom is the Principal thing

  • 678

    Where has the governor been? I admire his courage and wisdom. I hope other vultures in Nigeria would emulate his great idea.
    Thanks my governor.