CRGIA: Property Enumeration Exercise will enhance land administration in C'River - Royal Father

By Kingsley Agim, CRS-MOI Officer reporting from CRGIA

The Muri Munene of the Efuts and Paramount Ruler of Calabar South, His Royal Majesty, Muri Munene (Prof.) Itam Hogan Itam, has stated that the on-going property enumeration exercise of the Cross River Geographic Information Agency (CRGIA) will enhance land administration in Calabar South and indeed the State in general.

The Royal Father made this known when the CRGIA Team paid him an advocacy visit in his Palace at Anatingha, Calabar South Local Government Area.
The Paramount Ruler, who was in company of other pantheons of the Efut Royal stool, assured the Team of his Kingdom's support to the course, noting that the re-emergence of CRGIA  will reduce to the barest minimum, if not eliminate completely, the attendant squabbles occasioned by land transactions in the State, especially in Calabar South.

Speaking further, the King also warned that any "land agreement within Calabar South that comes to CRGIA without duly counter-signed and sealed by Muri Munene must be rejected in entirety."
Muri Munene Itam advised the Team to liaise with Clan Heads of the various communities to ensure seamless operation in the course of the exercise.

The Paramount Ruler promised to constitute a delegation from the Kingdom to visit CRGIA for further enlightenment on land transactions, while calling on his subjects to take advantage of the opportunity to deal with land-related issues.

Earlier in his remarks, the Director-General of the Cross River Geographic Information, Sir John Odo, who was ably represented by his Director, Marketing and Public Relations, Deacon Icha Mboto, based his elucidation on the Act establishing the Agency, its mandate, as well as the numerous advantages of consulting CRGIA for all land investments.

The DG said the essence of the visit was to inform the King of the on-going property enumeration exercise, strengthen advocacy and establish synergy with the Kingdom in order to smoothen his team's operations in the area.

He stated that, apart from creating a database of landed property in the State, another of the many benefits of the enumeration exercise is to assist the government on need assessment and to make informed decisions on citing of projects as well as providing basic amenities.

The CRGIA Boss thanked the Paramount Ruler, Chiefs-in-council and all present, noting that the salient points raised in the course of interaction already highlights their understanding of the need for documentation of properties in the State.

On the visit with  the DG were the Project Consultant, Mr. Obri Francis,Head of Operations, Mr. Louis Ajah and enumerators, being foot soldiers in the on-going property enumeration exercise.

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