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Just In: Oyo Govt. Puts Carlton Gate Estate’ 38 Housing Units Up For Sale



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 to fulfill part of the present administration’s electoral promise towards provision of affordable housing for all classes of people of the State.



The State  Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barr Abiodun Abdu-Raheem disclosed this  while on inspection tour to various Housing Estates in Ibadan.


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.”

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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, adding that even 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.



We will do our best to remove every illegal structures on our lands. It was noticed that around March, at a particular period, a lot of allocations were carried out.  I must say that the allocations are sub-listed for revocation and withdrawal.



“Whichever way, we can go about it, for those that have not paid, government will withdraw the allocation paper given to them. I assure everybody that we are here to do the job with fairness and we will be accountable in whatever we do,”he added.



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 or have their lands revoked.

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“An ultimatum of a week is given to people who have not completed the application of their land documents as government will soon begin the revocation of lands that are not properly registered.”



Places  visited 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, all in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.



Nigerian Billionaire, Harry Akande Dies At 77



A far-famed billionaire from Ibadanland , Chief Harry Ayoade Akande, is dead. The  Agba Oye of Ibadanland died in the early hours of Saturday.

Akande,  aged 77 passed away following a brief illness.

The family in a statement signed by Olumide Akande disclosed, ” In the early hours of Saturday December 5, 2020, our patriarch Chief Harry Ayodele Akande passed away following a brief illness.

Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.

“But by far his greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all. It is our fervent hope that this will be a reality in the not too distant future.

“His passing is a huge shock to his immediate &extended family, friends &associates. We are all grappling to make some sense of it”, the family mourned

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Oyepeju to unveil Ara Foundation in Ibadan



Ibadan – born  industrialist, Alhaji Ademola Oyepeju is poised to officially launch the Ara Foundation,  a Non- Governmental Organization birthed to support the less – privileged.

The event, which is billed to hold December 5 at Scrolab Hotel, Oke – Ado in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital will also feature celebration of founder’s birthday, presentation of awards to some eminent personalities, scholarship for indigent students and empowerment program.

Dignitaries expected to grace the ocassion include : the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives  Congress (APC) and Chief Bayo Adelabu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 election.

Others are: Chief Oyegade Oyepeju, Alhaji Amadu Zungeru, Sarkin Hausawa of Ibadan, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), Sheik Muyideen Ajani Bello, Hon Muse Ariyo, Pastor Kayode Akinola, Alhaji Taofeek Babatunde, Prince Abass Aleshinloye, Alhaji Taofeeq , Tao Onibata, Professsor Abideen Olaiya and  Rev Mrs Olaiya, among others.

Oyepeju, in a statement signed  on Thursday, explained that the foundation was founded in 2018 and it is duly registered with the government.

The business magnate also added that since its establishment, the foundation has lifted many poor people to a better state through financial aid to petty traders, schorlarship for indigent students in tertiary institutions , donation of tools and equipment for artisans to boost their businesses among others .

He emphasized the need for all levels of government to embark on more programs to alleviate poverty, unemployment and insecurity especially among youths.

According to him, “the focus of the foundation is beyond humanitarian services but a ploy to enhance growth and advancement of the society through  extension of helping hands to the needy and  idle hands who may later became devil’s instrument.

“The increasing number of people with no clear cut jobs is alarming and dangerous for the society and to prevent total collapse the needy should be supported and engage “, Oyepeju noted.

The industrialist, however  advised youths to shun violence and channel their energy and talents towards national development.

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Oyo: Buhari begins training, empowerment program for 400 youths in mechanized farming




Senator AbdulFatai Buhari representing Oyo North Senatorial District  will on Thursday,  3rd December, 2020, in conjunction with the National Directorate Of Employment (NDE), engage no fewer than  four hundred (400) selected youths from across the thirteen (13) local governments of  the senatorial district in Mechanized Farming.

The three (3) day  intensive training on modern techniques of farming will come up simultaneously at three different locations, Kisi, Town Hall in Kisi, Irepo local government, Ipman Hall in Saki at Saki West Local government and Ipapo Town Hall in Ipapo at Itesiwaju local government in Oyo North.

Apart from the daily transport allowances and feeding for the beneficiaries, the trainees will at the end of the  training programme, be empowered with seedlings, herbicides, equipment, training allowances and certificate

Oyo North is an agrarian district which if well harnessed will serve as food basket for the state and Nigeria as a whole as well as increase the revenue base of the state and nation through import of agricultural products like, sorghum,millet, cashew, cassava,yam amongst others.

The knowledge acquired by the beneficiaries at the end of the training, is expected to be used to increase their harvests which will in turn improve their living standard.

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This brings to total, one thousand two hundred (1200) constituents selected from Oyo North Senatorial District that have been engaged in one training or the other by Senator AbdulFatai Buhari, in the last one month.

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