Last week a team from FAO handed over IT equipment to the Ministry of Lands, Survey & Environment, Katsina State. This equipment was installed within the Ministry to establish a Local Area Network (LAN) and allowed a computerised registration system to be implemented in the Ministry’s Deeds Registration using FAO’s open source SOLA software which has been customised specifically for use in Katsina State.

Other IT equipment was also supplied to the Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to assist them to map community grazing reserves and the Forestry Department to map forest gazetted reserves in the state. This mapping data will be made available to all Ministries through a website.

This equipment and the associated support and training is part of a FAO project for the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) in Nigeria, funded by UK DFID and is focussed on 3 states; Katsina, Kebbi and Anambra.

Similar equipment was also handed over to the Ministry of Lands, Urban Development & Housing, Kebbi State, where the same computerised registration system will also be implemented through the Nigeria VGGT project

The Nigeria VGGT project continues through to June 2016 in a phased roll-out of the SOLA registration system in both Katsina and Kebbi States and ongoing support to the various activities supported by the project including the mapping of community grazing and forest reserves and making tenure information more easily accessible .