By Our Correspondent
A public private dialogue PPD/town hall meeting held on Thursday, 2nd April, 2015 in Edimotop, Calabar Municipal LGA between the Cross River State Government represented by the DG, Cross River Geographic Information Agency, CRGIA, Dr. Clement Oshaka and his team and the community Chiefs, clan heads and women leaders of the Proof of Concept, PoC area of the Systematic Land Tilting Registration, SLTR pilot in the state.
The PPD was aimed at highlighting the importance of having a Certificate of Occupancy and the numerous benefits of having one such as access to loans, security of property and inheritance especially for women and to urge the leaders to go and inform the entire community to pay a visit to the CRGIA office to pay and collect their C-of-O’s.
The women leaders and stakeholders present were given a brief overview of the project so far with people in the hall attesting to the fact that they participated throughout the process of mapping, public displays and now at this stage they are very eager to collect their C-of-Os.
Deaconess Ini Okereke who is the Women Leader of Edimotop Community Women Forum had this to say, “I love this work because before we did not know our right but by the SLTR we have gotten our right and we can use our C-of-O to obtain either loan or anything you feel like. I will use mine to improve my business and family.”
Mr. Asuquo Bassey, Chairman, House Owners Forum, Nyangasang also had this to say, “With this project landlords and the communities are going to stay in peace. I tried to get my certificate years ago but it was difficult and expensive but with this development we will get it very easily. I appreciate the government and I will go back and educate my people so everybody can come and pay and receive their certificate of occupancy.”
A total of 18 women and 16 men attended the event.