Land titling and registration in Nigeria: The Lagos State land registration law in perspective. Obafemi Awolowo University.
This research work is aimed at examining Land Titling and Registration in Nigeria, with emphasis on the Lagos State Land Registration Law 2015, to uncover its prospects and challenges to effective implementation, and to undertake a brief discussion on registration laws of other jurisdictions like the United Kingdom, Ghana, Canada, Kenya, Australia and South Africa. The research methodology used in the course of this research are primary and secondary sources of information. The primary sources of information include statutes and judicial authorities. The secondary sources of information include books, journals/articles and internet materials. All materials used herein are subject to content analysis. In the course of this research work, it was discovered that Lagos State Land Registration Law on its part has brought to bear many changes in the field while leaving many other vital issues unaddressed. The research intends to argue that the new law which has repealed many other laws has not taken the predicament of the poor members of the society, the landless, small and medium scale farmers, the bureaucracy in the land registry as well as agriculture and sustainable development into consideration among other lacunas. In conclusion, notwithstanding the challenges faced in respect of Land Registration in Nigeria, it is submitted that Land registration has helped in securing ownership of land, economic development of individuals and governments, reduction in land disputes, attraction of investors as well as encourage financial institutions to grant credit facilities to registered title holders and therefore should be encouraged.