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As the world celebrates the World Habitat Day, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Monday promised that his Government would deliver 12,500 housing units before 2023.
According to him, the State Government is working with the Federal Government on a social housing scheme that would be sold at not more than N2m per unit.
The low-cost housing scheme, he said, would produce 10,000 new landlords, while the State Government is working on delivering 2,500 houses at nine different locations spread across the State’s three Senatorial Districts.
Prince Dapo Abiodun made these pronouncements at the Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta during the commemoration of this year’s World Habitat Day, with the theme, “Housing for All: A Better Urban Future.”
He disclosed that his Administration is looking at building over 2,500 housing units before the end of its first term, adding that under President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Sustainability Plan meant to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, 10,000 social housing units have been earmarked to be built in the State.
“We plan to build 2,500 affordable housing units by year 2023. We are also partnering with the Federal Government on the social housing scheme which is part of the President Buhari’s Economic Sustainability Plan to mitigate the effect of COVID-19, and that plan is to provide 10,000 social housing units in Ogun State. Our State has been chosen as one of the first beneficiaries of the scheme,” he said.
Abiodun, who further disclosed that the proximity of the State to Lagos and the fact that the State is the only open corridor of land development makes it the wisest choice for investments to be located, added that the theme could not have been more appropriate at a time when the present Administration was stepping up efforts towards solving the challenges of housing deficit in the State.
The Governor also called on individuals and organisations to use the opportunity of the World Habitat Day to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities that abound in the State, saying that as the State provides the best location for real estate, so does it provide a haven for investments.
Abiodun further added that the appreciation his Administration has for the wholesome city plan and development of the State led to the facilitation of the massive road construction works which he said would help to facilitate the easy movement of people, goods and services in the State.
He added that the resolution by the United Nations to celebrate the Habitat Day on the 5th of October every year through its Resolution 40/202A of 17th December, 1985 was a welcome development which he said was aimed at creating public awareness and enlightenment on the situation of accommodation of people, especially on how to create affordable shelter for the people of the world.
Abiodun used the occasion to note that his Administration, in line with the Theme and Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, is embarking on a massive, affordable mass housing scheme across the State. He observed that the signpost of the State Government’s housing scheme is exemplified by the successful completion of Prince Court 1 and the ongoing Prince Court 2 at Kemta, Idi-Aba and also Kings Court, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. He, however, assured that housing schemes would not be limited to the State Capital alone.
The State Governor added that the decision of his Administration to spread the mass housing scheme across the State has led to his approval of the mass housing schemes at Iperu, Sagamu, Oke-Ako Village, Ijebu Ode-Epe Road, Likosi Village, Sagamu, Kobape, Obafemi/Owode LGA, Ogijo, Sagamu LGA, Ota and that along Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Sagamu. He added that his Administration would continue to formulate policies and implement programmes that would take the State to the higher pedestal of socio-economic development.
Earlier in his remark, the Commissioner, Ministry of Housing, Hon. Jagunmolu Omoniyi while commending the theme of the year 2020 World Habitat Day, said that affordable and adequate housing is central to transforming cities and communities around the globe.