The Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) is a diagnostic tool designed to identify areas where policy interventions may be needed to improve governance in the land sector. The Framework divides land issues into five thematic areas; (i) Legal and Institutional Framework; (ii) Land Use Planning, Management and Taxation; (iii) Management of Public Lands; (iv) Public Provision of Land Information; and (v) Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and an additional module on Large Scale Land Acquisition (LSLA).
In line with the thematic areas, 21 Land Governance Indicators (LGI) have been developed and these have been broken down into 80 dimensions while the additional module on LSLA has 16 dimensions. The LGAF study in Nigeria is thus based on the assessment of 96 dimensions by expert panels in workshops organized in two locations in the country between April-May, 2011.
An essential step in the implementation of the LGAF is the technical validation of the findings of the country report and the conduct of a policy dialogue meeting. The Nigerian LGAF country report, after its completion, was therefore put forward for technical validation on Nov. 3, 2011. The objectives of the validation workshop are to present and discuss the LGAF findings with the view of assuring consistency of the results; discussing and prioritizing areas for policy reform and proposing next steps to provide sustainability to the LGAF process. In line with these objectives, knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the land sector were selected from all over the country. In all, 30 local participants comprising relevant public officials, representatives of civil society, professional bodies, the academia including the country coordinator (CC) and 13 participants from international organizations including the World Bank, IFPRI, UNECA and DFID (GEMS) among others were in attendance (Annex 1).
The policy dialogue meeting, which is to discuss and prioritize areas for policy reform, make actionable recommendations and propose next steps to provide sustainability to the LGAF process, was conducted on Nov 4, 2011. In attendance are policy makers at appropriate levels. Specifically, 28 participants from Nigeria and 9 representatives from international organizations attended the meeting. Among the Nigerian participants are the representative of the Senate President of the Federal republic of Nigeria (Senator ‘Gbenga B. Ashafa), the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor and Valuers (NIESV), Director of Economic Growth in the National Planning Commission, and the representatives of the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, and that of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Annex 2).
by Peter O. Adeniyi