By SEGUN OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—The Ogun State government yesterday said it was set to secure N2 billion loan from the Federal Mortgage Bank for the construction of affordable housing units at Idi Aba, Abeokuta.
Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Daniel Adejobi disclosed this at the governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan.
Adejobi said securing such a loan had become imperative if the state government was to effectively address the problem of housing deficit confronting it.
The commissioner also listed among the achievements so far recorded by his ministry to include the construction of 18 bungalows at the OPIC Estate, Agbara; the ongoing construction of 5-kilometer residential and industrial grade roads at the OPIC Estate, Agbara; the near completion of 30units of two-bedroom terrace bungalows; the construction and development of Orange Valley Estate.
Adejobi, however, identified the problem of land speculators, popularly called “Omo Onile” as a major challenge confronting his ministry.
At a separate forum, Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mr. Gbenga Otenuga disclosed that his ministry generated a total revenue of N2,846,762,109.87 billion from 2011 to date.
Otenuga also said over 1,420 illegal structures and shanties across the state had been demolished.
He explained that over 8000 illegal structures had been served with enforcement notices while his ministry registered and approved 25,737 and 10,970 building plans, respectively.
The commissioner added that about 135,721 applications had been received from property owners under the state government’s Homeowners’ Charter Programme.
Otenuga said 99,025 of these applications were currently undergoing processing.
In yet another briefing, the Special Adviser/Director General of the Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Adewale Oshinowo said with the deployment of the Geographical Information System (GIS) the operations of the bureau had been automated.
Oshinowo assured that the GIS would eradicate touting and other unwholesome activities.
He also expressed the determination of his bureau to tackle headlong the menace of land speculators.
The lands bureau boss said towards this end, the agency had commenced an audit which would expose the activities of land speculators and which the agency in collaboration with the government would effectively address.