Oyo State Government has announced its readiness to sell about 38 semi-detached units of bungalow situated at Carlton Gate Estate, Akobo, Ibadan to members of the public at affordable rate. The State Commissioner for Lands,Housing and Urban Development, Barr Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated this while on inspection tour to various Housing Estates in Ibadan. He said further that the step was taking to fulfill part of the present administration electoral promises towards provision of affordable housing for the citizenry. The Commissioner noted that a lot of people in the State were in need of affordable houses which he said was handy in Carlton Gate Estate, if they apply at the appropriate time. “In keeping faith with the electoral promises made by our governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde during campaigns on affordable housing, we are putting up 38 semi-detached units of bungalows that are at the Carlton Gate estate at Akobo in Ibadan for sale at cheap price to the people.” “The target of this is to make our people house owners without much problems and this is just the beginning. The present administration will provide more affordable housing to the people and make acquisition of houses and landed properties easier and affordable for our people.” Abiodun expressed displeasure over many undeveloped plots of land in the areas visited as he observed that many choice lands were only fenced round without the owners developing them. The Commissioner observed that most houses built did not follow the layout scheme provided by the State government. “I am not happy with the state of things after accessing everything. Lands that could be bought by people who are ready to build are wasting away without being utilized,he further stresses. He pledged on behalf of the state government that all illegal structures on the lands will be removed.Adding that,it was noticed that around March, this year a lot of allocations were carried out. He disclosed further that all allocations are sub-listed for revocation and withdrawal,he however assured the member of the that the government will withdraw allocation from those who have not paid stressing that the issue will be handle with fairness, transparency and accountability. Barrister Abdu-Raheem called on people whose building plans have not been approved, those that have letters of land allocated to them but do not have Certificate of Occupancy (CofO), and those that have obtained building plans but their applications were not completed to visit the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to complete their application within a period of seven days from Monday,23rd September,2019 or have their lands revoked. Places visited within Ibadan and its vicinity include Kolapo Ishola Estate, Carlton Gate Estate, Akobo, Quarter 105 Onikoko Avenue Agodi GRA, Ajumose Housing Estate NIHORT Jericho, Elenushonsho Estate, Jericho, Queen’s school Ibadan Apata, Adeoyo GRA, Ring-road.
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