Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets, has announced that the Plateau State Geographical Information System (PLAGIS) has gone live, bringing improved land tenure to more than three million Nigerians.
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.
PLAGIS automates and manages land records, creates and maintains integrated and accurate geographic and survey data.
“The PLAGIS is the best of its kind for effective and easy land administration. It has the capacity to generate N1 billion [$5 million USD] every month when fully utilized,” said Barrister Festus Fuanter, Commissioner for Land Survey and Town Planning.
Additionally, PLAGIS 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%.
PLAGIS was developed by Thomson Reuters in partnership with Teqbridge Limited, a Lagos-based GIS solution-inspired Information Technology company.
Managing Director of Teqbridge, Chiemeka Ngwu said, “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.”
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.