By Dayo Johnson
RELIEF came the way of former political Office holders in the 18 Local Government areas of Ondo State between 1999 and 2007 yesterday as the Governor Olusegun Mimiko approved the payment of about N866 million as their statutory allowances and entitlement, irrespective of their political affiliations.
Information Commissioner, Ranti Akerele in company of the Commissioner for Special Duties, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Niran Sule Akinsuyi and Lands and Housing Commissioner, Alhaji Sikiru Basaru stated this in Akure at a briefing after the weekly State Executive Council meeting.
Akerele said the state government would soon effect the payment of the allowances and entitlement.
Speaking elaborately on the payment, the Local Government and Chieftaincy Commissioner, Niran Sule Akinsuyi said it would improve the quality ofÂ lives of the former political office holders.
Akinsuyi added that the payment would beÂ paid in five instalments.
The commissioner pointed out that the payment would cover political office holders during the administration of the late Chief Adebayo Adefarati to that of the immediate past Governor, Olusegun Agagu. He also explained that chairmen, their deputies, councillors and supervisors, who served within the period, irrespective of their political affiliations, would benefit from the largesse.
â€œAll political office holders in all the 18 local councils in the state during the administration of the late Chief Adebayo Adefarati from 1999 to 2003 to that of Dr. Olusegun Agagu from 2003 to 2009 will benefit and there would be no discrimination in the payment.â€
Speaking onÂ other decisions reached at the council meeting, the Information Commissioner, Akerele said the state government through the state’s Development and Property Corporation will construct 454 units of houses on 312 plots at Oba-Ile area of the state.
To construct 453 houses
This year, Akerele said government would expend N604 million on the construction of 104 houses.
According to the Commissioner, the state government had 34 years ago constructed two of such housing units at Oba Ile and Ijapo.
Akerele also explained that four estate developers had been approved by the state government to construct the housing units in the state.
The Lands and Housing Commissioner, Alhaji Basaru added that the governor had approved N70 million as housing loans for all categories of civil servants in the state and N17.5m of the amount had been released to his ministry.
He pointed out that the â€œproblem of housing which was confronting public servants in the state became a major challenge to the current administration in the state because previous government failed to do something to address it.
â€œNo administration in the state in the last 34 years, had seriously tackled the problem of housing confronting public workers in the state. Even the immediate past administration only approved N1.4m during its timeâ€, he added.