When Pelican ignited a smart city in Ogun

Mariam SANNI


It was an historic moment in Masha, a serene community in Kobape, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, as the Pelican Estate Nigeria Ltd, turned the sod of its 300-acre housing estate.
For Babatunde Adeyemo, Chief Executive Officer of the company, it was also a dream came through for the enterprising journalist-cum real estate enterpreneur, as he played host to dignitaries who graced the occasion.
The ceremony also coincided with the wedding anniversary of Adeyemo, to his heart throb, whom he appreciated for her supports both at the home front and since the project started about 7 years ago. Adeyemo was also decorated as the General/Publicity Secretary of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria.
Masha is the Egba community blessed with a 33 kva rural electrification project provided by the administration of the former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.
It is located off the ever busy Sagamu Interchange to Abeokuta, in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The launch came after successful commencement of business and the launch of its sister estate, The Pelican Valley Estate, which was a huge success amid its initial challenges as a result of its terrain.
Under strict compliance with the guidelines and precautions of the ranging Coronavirus, Adeyemo, with heart of gratitude, led other hardworking members of staff to play host to dignitaries, traditional rulers, associates, professional colleagues, including journalists.

Osoba, who was represented by a former memner of the Federal House of Representstives, Kunle Adeyemi as guest of honour led other personalties that graced the occasion, with a call on journalists to emulate Adeyemo.
The veteran journalist, who commemded Adeyemo for his attempt at locating the multi million naira project in the rural community of Masha wIll help rural -urban drift.
Osoba, noted that the project will assist government in its desire at meeting the housing deficit in the state and indeed in the country,
He added that provision of basic amenities like electricity, potable water and others in rural communities will also check rural urban drift.
Adeyemo, while welcoming dignitaries, among whom were the former Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Musiliu Aliu, Olu of Kobape and others described the Pelican -Brief Estate as smart city in the making.
” The Unique Selling Point of Pelican Brief remains the proximity tomthe major landmarks in Ogun, qll seqsons motorable roads as you can ses beside us. the 33kva trunkline, on the high tension wire besides us is a 23-hour of uninterrupted daily power supply.
“Pelican Brief, as we speak is one of the most sought after estate, in Ogun State. This is because, of its easy accessibility from Lagos and Oyo states. It is less than 16 minutes’ drive from the Prof. Wole Soyinka’s Train Terminus, in Abeokuta.
For the records, the new Federal Government train project which is scheduled to be commissioned by the presieent, few weeks from now, is to run 160 kilometres per hour. However, Ebute Meta to Abeokuta is less than 75 kilometres and will take the speed train just 30 minutes to Abeokuta
In his goodwill message, the Chief Press Secretary to the Ogun State Governor, Kunle Somorin, who graced the event with the Special Assistant to the governor on New Media, S.F. Ojo commended the Pelican for supporting government in its desire to provide housing for Nigerians.
“Tunde, what you are, doing is to support the government in putting the housing deficit that Nigeria was said to have at aboit 17 million behind us. If we now have about 20 millions according to the latest figure, what you have done is something that we should all try to emulate.
I’m sure in our different families, we all have farm lands, where people can do africulture. We also have enough mefwork amd goodwill that we can mobilise resources to do what you are doing and even much more.
“Not all of us will go into real estate, there are other things that we can do and I believe that if we begin to apply ourselves copiously to this future plans, we will have course to smile. We will not have any reason to begin to think of how to raise resources and funds for our veterans. So Tunde, you have challenged us, our prayer is that you will continue to go higher and higher and the good Lord will strenghten you in this enterprise. For all of us that are still pushing the pen, may Almighty God give us the enablement to do that which will sustain us after our career in journalism”, Somorin prayed.
Closing prayers were rendered in both Islamic and Christian ways by Daud Olatunji and Pastor Ayodele Johnson respectively.

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