The land use act and land administration in 21st century Nigeria: need for reforms
Land administration is important in the sustainable use and management of land. Despite its importance, however, the administrative structure under the Nigerian Land Use Act is inconsistent and devoid of clarity of functions and purpose. This article examines the administrative structure under the Land Use Act, focusing on its effectiveness in light of the general principles and policy that motivated the promulgation of the Act. Given the observed lacuna and inconsistency in the administration of the Act, the article calls for legislative intervention to review its provisions. It also recommends a uniform right of occupancy regime, single administrative structure for land administration in the country, and a repeal of the governor’s adjudicatory powers in the Act.
Keywords: Land, Land Administration, Right of Occupancy, Constitution, Reforms