The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that the Federal Government was ready to support Ogun’s vision on Housing seeing its commitment and hardwork towards the housing sector.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Phase 1 of Prince Court Housing Estate, Kemta, Abeokuta, on Thursday, 1st July, 2021, Prince Abiodun said that the desire of the Ogun State Government to provide 10,000 units under its social housing scheme would soon become a reality.
According to him, this was because the Federal Government had expressed readiness to partner with the State Government in this regard.
The Governor said that “this laudable achievement marked another important land mark in his continued and successful implementation of building our future together agenda” assured that the 2nd phase of the housing Estate project, comprising 150 units would be completed and ready for commissioning in few weeks.
Governor Abiodun re-assured that methodical approach to urban development would be adopted in this regard and affirmed that no stone would be left unturned towards achieving an even development of all parts of the State.
According to him, Abeokuta would be given attention towards transforming it into befitting a state capital so as to attract more investors that would make meaningful contributions to promoting socio-economic growth of the State.
Speaking futher, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said that the first phase of Prince Court Housing Estate comprising 130 housing units, emphasizing that the provision of affordable for the general public in accordance with sustainable goal remained paramount to his administration.
He pointed out that the commissioning of the first phase of Prince Court was one of the Promises he made at his inauguration about two years ago.
The commissioning reconfirm his believe that Housing was a human right.
He disclosed that the Second Phase of another 150 housing units would be commissioned soon.
Governor Abiodun reiterated that he would soon commission another estate at Kobape.
Governor Abiodun said his administration won’t beg Investors to come, the State’s policy of creating enabling environment would naturally drive investors.
He said these type of Housing Estate, with tarred roads, street lights, sewage system, etc, are being extended to other areas.
He reiterated that the Arakanga Water had started to pump water to many areas of Abeokuta.
Roads construction were going on in 18 out of 20 Local Governments of Ogun State.
He commended both Ogun State Housing Corporation for a job well done.
He appealed to the people living at the Prince Court and Kemta Estates to take good care of the environment.
In his remarks, the representative of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Estate Surveyor Femi Fasanyin commended the State government for its giant strides in infrastructural development, promising the readiness of his bank to collaborate with the government in its desire to provide affordable housing.
Welcoming guests earlier, Commissioner for Housing, Jagunmolu Akande Omoniyi, recalled that the Prince Court Estate was the first housing project of the State Government, noting that it was constructed within 92 days, with direct labour and materials used sourced locally.
On his part, the Board Chairman, Ogun State Housing Corporation, Chief Yemi Sanusi described the project as a laudable achievement and a rare feat that would be difficult to surpass, noting that already similar schemes are being replicated in the remaining two Senatorial districts of the State.
Speaking on behalf of other traditional rulers in the State, the Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi described housing as one of the basic needs of man, expressing delight that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led- administration has been able to spread development to every parts of the State.
Later in an interview, the General Manager of the Corporation, Estate Surveyor and Valuer Akinwale Ojo lauded Governor Abiodun for his passion and uncommon interest in the economic growth of the state.
He revealed that the 130 housing units consist of 2 and 3 bedrooms semi-detached and detached bungalows with amenities such as tarred road, pipe borne water, electricity, drainages among others provided for residents.
ESV Ojo therefore enjoined the beneficiaries to ensure proper maintenance of the facilities to enhance sustainability, urging them to always liaise with the Facility Management Office for necessary assistance.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Prince Adedeji Olunowo dscribed the project as a dream come true, adding that they are prepared to ensure maintenance of facilities provided.
Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, in his speech, appreciated Governor Dapo Abiodun for ensuring the even spread of development throughout Ogun State.
Oba Babatunde Ajayi said they he hoped that the type of Kemta Housing would extend to Remo.
Chairman of Ogun State Housing Corporation, Chief Sanusi, said that Dapo Abiodun’s Administration had taken the right steps in combating poverty by seriously addressing Housing issues.
Chief Sanusi also noted that the Governor was ahead the growing population of Ogun State.
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