As part of its efforts at providing appropriate physical development plans for the growth and development of towns and cities in Ogun State, the state government said it had undertaken the auditing of Land Use clearance for major applications within the development pressure areas in the state.
A statement by Head, Information Departmemt of Ogun House of Assembly, Lawal Jamiu, quoted Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Ronke Sokefun as saying this during the visit of the House Committee on Lands and Housing led by Hon. Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi.
The visit was in continuation of the on-going 2018 budget assessment to the ministry in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Sokefun, explained that the audit exercise was delineated by “Operative State Regional Development Plan (2005-2020)”, adding that the Ministry removed illegal structures and shanties across the State to enhance good planning.
She noted that the ministry equally prepared database and development plans of structures along Ogun Standard roads across the State.
The commissioner, remarked that the ministry had been playing a pivotal role in the Homeowners Charter programme, which according to her had reduced the stock of illegal residential buildings, adding that the scheme had provided opportunities for defaulting property owners to regularise the status and documentation of their properties.
While responding to the status of the ongoing ‘Project Go’ on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, she stated that planting of trees and beautification of environment would commence immediately contractors round up with road construction on the highways in the state.
In their submissions, members of the committee including Adeyinka Mafe, Olayiwola Ojodu, Adebiyi Adeleye and Akinpelu Aina applauded the ministry for providing an orderly and pleasing environment for good living as well as its intensive revenue drive, charging the management of the Ministry to redouble its efforts on revenue generation.
The committee also assessed the budget performance of the state Urban and Regional Planning Board which monitored the conformity to the various building approvals giving during constructions.
In another development, the Ministry of Housing, has explained that the ongoing renovation of the old Governor’s office was aimed at protecting and projecting the legacy of the past leaders of the gateway state.
Commissioner for Housing, Arch. Segun Abiodun, who said this while playing host to members of the committee on Lands and Housing led by Hon. Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi to assess her ministry’s budget performance.
Abiodun noted that the market would cater for the influx of traders along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, particularly those coming from the Northern part of the nation to trade in Lagos and other suburbs for the advancement of the socio-economic status of people of the State. The Committee also visited the State Housing Corporation