Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:24 PM / thomsonreuter
Thomson Reuters, in partnership with Teqbridge Limited of Nigeria, announced that the Plateau State Geographical Information System (PLAGIS) has gone live and issued new land titles with Thomson Reuters Aumentum, bringing improved land tenure to more than three million Nigerians.
“By using Thomson Reuters Aumentum, the Plateau State government will improve land administration services and strengthen property rights for its citizens,” said Sneha Shah, managing director for Thomson Reuters Africa. “By partnering with the Lagos-based Teqbridge, Thomson Reuters was able to effectively configure and deploy a global, world-class product with local Nigerian teams, while quickly developing local capacity with staff in Plateau. As Nigeria is seeking to promote inclusive economic and social development, Plateau State is blazing the trail by unlocking the economic potential of land and property rights for their citizens.”
The project involves the acquisition of orthophoto covering the entire state (27,332 square kilometers), feature mapping and LiDAR covering the urban areas (4053 square kilometers), installation of AUMENTUM land registry and cadastre software, and hardware including personnel training and business analyses. The system automates and manages land records, creates and maintains integrated and accurate geographic and survey data. Additionally, it includes an online portal through which customers can apply, search and transact all land related businesses under the Ministry from the comfort of their homes and offices without physical presence in any of the land offices, thereby reducing foot traffic by as much as 30%.
“The PLAGIS is the best of its kind for effective and easy land administration,” said Commissioner for Land Survey and Town Planning Barrister Festus Fuanter. “It has the capacity to generate N1 billion [$5 million USD] every month when fully utilized.”
Thomson Reuters Aumentum was selected by CTworx (Project Consultant) and the Plateau State Government (represented by Ministry of Lands, Survey and Town Planning) because it is a proven operational solution with innovative and integrated capabilities to meet the government’s varied administrative needs.
“To efficiently manage and deliver information accurately and serve constituents, Plateau State needed a solution that integrated the operations of multiple departments inside of the Land Ministry,” said Chiemeka Ngwu, managing director of Teqbridge. “With the new Thomson Reuters Aumentum system, Plateau State is strengthening land tenure for its citizens and creating a strong foundation for economic growth, and this size of project can only be successfully completed on schedule with a partner like Thomson Reuters that believes in growing local skills to guarantee timely support and continuity.”
The successful project builds on Thomson Reuters proven track record in Nigeria, where it operates across its Financial & Risk, Legal, and Tax & Accounting businesses. Thomson Reuters has previously deployed the Aumentum system elsewhere in Nigeria, as well as operating in the City of Cape Town in South Africa for more than ten years.