- Nabakooba highlights future plans for 2024
By Our Reporter
Government has set up 22 land zonal offices across the country to offer effective land management services under the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP), Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba has highlighted .
Addressing the media about the progress of the project which is financed by the International Development Agency , Nabakooba said that the zonal offices have increased from one to 22 and helped people to get land titles , resolve land conflicts and among others.
CEDP is a government of Uganda Project financed by the International Development Agency of the World Bank to improve the competitiveness of enterprises in Uganda through supporting reforms in priority productive and service sectors.
Lands Minister Nabakooba
Through this project, the minister explained that government secured funding from the International Development Agency of the World Bank- which has enabled the project to create business reforms, giving priority to the Land administration reform which has seen transformation of the registration process.
“We are undertaking systematic registration of communal and individually owned land and a well-implementing program of actions for strengthening institutions and mechanisms for land dispute resolutions,” she added.
“In this exercise, we have developed geographical information systems, established appropriate databases and systems, and preparation of Physical development plans at the national, regional, and district levels,” Nabakooba said.
The project, she further noted, has enhanced the technology for special data publishing and strengthened the survey and mapping department to ensure they produce high-quality work.
“We can distribute and disseminate base maps for land administration. We are undertaking systematic registration of communal and individually owned land by organizing and establishing communal groups into communal land associations in priority areas which includes the Northern and the Eastern regions.”
As of June 2023, the Ministry through the project has registered 1.2 million mailo land titles, freeholds, lease titles, native freeholds, and subleases across the country.
Nabakooba further revealed that another 78,000 customary land titles have since been issued in districts of Kasese, Kabale, Nwoya, Adjumani, Butalejja, Mbale City, Moroto, Katakwi, Dokolo, and Amolatar.
With CEDP additional funding, the Lands Ministry will set up an archive center in Entebbe, ensure that the National Land System is enhanced, topographic maps are produced and disseminated in urban and rural areas.
The ministry will also be in position to issue an additional 1 million freehold titles in the districts of Isingiro, Kikuube, Ntungamo, Sheema, Ibanda, Kamuli, Oyam, Maracha, Apac, Soroti, Serere Bukedea, Namutumba, Luuka, Mayuge, and Jinja.
The ministry plans to carry out mapping and registration of 175,000 customary land titles in the areas of Omoro, Amuru, Kitgum, Kwania, Alebtong, Otuke, Kole, Buyende, Kaliro, Bugweri, Bugiri, Tororo, Budaka, Butebo, Kibuku, Pallisa, Busia, Kabiramyido, Yumbe, Zombo, Arua, Koboko, Nebbi, Ngora, Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Masindi among other districts.
Further there will be the formation of 600 Communal Land Associations by the end of 2024.
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