Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has handed over the digitised Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-O) to the first set of beneficiaries in the Oyo Home Owners’ Charter (OYHOC) Scheme.
The Governor, during the handover ceremony held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Monday, June 1, 2020, explained that with the initiative, C-of-O can now be obtained 60 days from the date of submission of application, as the State has eliminated bottlenecks that lead to delay in processing the document.
Engr Seyi Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said though there had been various unsuccessful attempts by successive administrations on similar initiative, with the new initiative by his administration, the problem has been solved for good in Oyo State.
The State Governor, who noted how the acquisition of C-of-Os under the new Oyo Home Owners Charter will now be within 60 days rather than three to four months, which was what obtained during the immediate past administration, said the reduction in the processing time is good for businesses who may choose to be situated in Oyo State.
He said: “Let me share with you how this intervention differs from what we met when we assumed office a year ago. Before now, it takes anything from three to four months. The shorter time period is good, especially for businesses who may choose to be situated in Oyo State. We have eliminated all bottlenecks that lead to delays in processing C of Os. We have created a digitised platforms with due referencing, which enables home owners or holders to confirm the true ownership of a property from anywhere in the world at their convenience. This mean that if you want to buy a property in Oyo State, you can check the authenticity of the ownership online from anywhere. This new platform has all operating equipment and facilities funded by the Oyo State Government. All data will be domiciled on State-owned servers and we will ensure the security and safety of all these documents.”
“We have also installed new security features for these documents to checkmate forgery. For those who have never had the privilege of owning a C-of-O, this is a good opportunity to get one. From now until December 31st, 2020, you can buy the scratch card to obtain the application form for 6,000 Naira, and if you are among the first 2,000 applicants, you will get a 15 per cent discount on the course of processing your C-of-O”, the Governor added.
Speaking earlier, the State’s Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, described the Land Title Documents Made Easy and lands holding records promotion and computerization by the Makinde administration as a step in the right direction.