Ogun State Government has commenced mass construction of Housing Estates in Abeokuta and other parts of the State to provide decent accommodation for the people at affordable cost.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, stated this while speaking during the Thanksgiving Service to celebrate his victory at the Governorship Election Tribunal, held at June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, noting that the project was embarked upon to address housing deficits in the State.
Governor Abiodun described shelter as one of the basic human needs, explaining that construction of the houses would be sold to people at affordable prices and also enhanced the livelihood of artisans like bricklayers, carpenters and painters, among others.
“I have told our people that the houses should not be more than N4m each. This is to enable citizens have access to quality houses”, he added.
He used the occasion to reel out his stewardship in the last 100 days, pointing out that, apart from reconstituting the State Security Trust Fund, 100 patrol vans and 200 motorbikes had been purchased, including a Helicopter from the Federal Government, to deal with security challenges in the State.
The Governor disclosed further that agreement for the construction of Ijebu-Ode-Epe Road would soon be awarded, just as the State and Lagos governments had jointly sought for the handing over of Abeokuta-Ifo-Ota and Sagamu- Ikorodu Roads from the Federal Government for reconstruction, adding that the move would boost business activities in the axis.
While pledging that all communities in the State would feel the impact of his administration, Prince Abiodun further said his administration had commenced the rehabilitation of rural and township roads, rehabilitation of 236 primary schools and Health Centres, to provide quality education and healthcare services for the people.
He reiterated that projects embarked upon by the past administrations, that have direct impact on the socio-economic well-being of the people would be completed, adding that model schools inherited from previous administration would be put to other use, as the one located along Kobape Road had been turned into a TechHub, to train youth on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
He said his administration had so far allocated one hectare of land each, for 200 participants of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme to encourage agro-preneur, especially among youths in the State, noting that a Job Portal, opened to register unemployed youths had recorded more than 110,000 people in less than two months of being launched.
On tertiary health institutions, the Governor said he had ordered the recruitment of more health personnel for the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, while the State Hospital, Ilaro, now boasts of modern theatre for operation, modern laboratory, maternity ward, as well as rehabilitation of structures in the Hospital.
He pledged that his government, predicated on good governance, would ensure justice for all, irrespective of religious, ethnic, political or social affiliations.
In his remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu, described the pre-election period as turbulence, appreciating God for the victory at the polls and Governorship Election Tribunal.
He noted that the Governor was a man chosen by God, to lead the State at this time, calling on the people to continue to support government in order to take the State to greater heights.