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Oyo Home Owners Charter: 521 C of O ready for collection

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday disclosed that 521 Certificates of Occupancy have been approved for collection under the state government Home Owners Charter programme.

Governor Ajimobi said this during the official presentation of the C of O to some beneficiaries of the programme at the event held at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey, secretariat Ibadan.

The governor said that the programme was to assist property owners without proper documentation, Survey, Approved Plan and C of O to have a 3 in 1 C of O which is equivalent to the conventional C of O.

He urged the people of the state to advantage of the Home Owners Charter of the state government to perfect titles and approval for their landed property, saying that the scheme will assist property owners in safely securing their properties in the event of litigation or dispute.

Governor Ajimobi said that the collection of tenement rate in all local government areas of the State has been declared illegal since November 12, 2012, noting that it had since be replaced by the State Government Land Use Charge.

He described the electronic document as a product of constant innovation and technology which according to him, would afford owners opportunity to access bank loan, get value for their properties and allow for documentation, saying “All our policies and programmes are guided by the rule of law and fear of God. Our manpower development is now driven by technology. The Home Owners Charter Programme is another area where our programmes are guided by technology and innovation.

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 “We must constantly push to improve, and today I can boldly say that we have fulfilled the purpose of governance. We have made all aspects of governance better than we met them. There is no sphere of human life that we have not touched and improved upon. The purpose of this programme is to make like better for the citizens with the aid of technology.

“Like Ibadan Masterplan, you know that before we came, there was nothing like Masterplan and today we have one in place. This document will readily help in documentation, value for properties and opportunities for the owner to access bank loan,” Governor Ajimobi.

In his address, the state Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey, Isaac Omodewu said that the Home Owners Charter C of O is pegged at N125,000, saying that civil and public servants could pay for the scheme in three installments of 40, 30 and 30% basis.

“It is noteworthy to say that members of the public have been avoiding the perfection of their land documents, claiming that the cost was too exorbitant before this administration came into being but since the present administration introduced the Home Owners Charter, the situation has changed,” Omodewu declared.

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Makinde Rues 11 Hectares Undeveloped Land At Samonda GRA

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Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Friday, expressed his displeasure over the undeveloped 11 hectares of land at the highbrow Samonda GRA in Ibadan, as he called on investors to partner the State to develop the land in order to boost the State’s economy.

 

The view of the governor was expressed by the State commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem while on inspection tour to some State’s reserved areas and Samonda Ultra-Modern shopping Complex at Ibadan North Local government in Ibadan.

 

Abiodun who noted with disdain, how over eleven hectares of land within which the ultra-modern shopping complex was situated, adding that the complex would be turned to an annex for the popular Gbagi market as the wished to turn its condition around to make it have international standard.

 

“The governor is not happy that these vast hectares of land is being put to waste when investors can be called in to use it for things that will help grow the State’s economy, we have gone around and see that the Samonda Shopping Complex needs some touch of revamping after which we will work towards making the complex an annex to the Gbagi market.

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“The Ministry will discuss with other concerned Ministries, especially those in charge of the Gbagi market to come up with a plan for proper usage of the place as the present administration will not allow any resources of the state to go to waste, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in partnering the State on this project to come forward with ideas on how to develop the eleven hectares of land for the benefit of the State.”

 

Barr. Abdu-Raheem called on the landlord association of the Samonda (Aerodome) GRA to desist from distorting the plan of the estate by building on waterways and areas mapped out for recreational purposes.

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Oyo Targets N20 Billion Monthly IGR – Olatunbosun

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Oyo State government has set a target of hitting 20 billion naira monthly internally-generated revenue  (IGR) before the end of the Governor Seyi Makinde’s first term in office.

The State’s IGR was reported to be between N2billion and N2.5billion during the tenure of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

 

This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun at a One Day Workshop for the State media officers which held at the Film Theater of the Ministry on Wednesday.

 

Olatunbosun said the four cardinal focus of the administration were education, primary healthcare, agro-business and security and all efforts were concentrated at plugging tax holes so as to increase the State’s revenue, urging the media officers to key into the agenda of governor Makinde to achieve the set target.

 

“It is the belief of Governor Seyi Makinde that Oyo State can be taken from a civil service-propelled economy to an agro-business-driven economy and before the first term of this administration runs out, we will be looking towards achieving about N20billion IGR target.

 

“You cannot enlighten people as a media practitioner if you are not enlightened, therefore the current administration believes in training of its officers to achieve maximum yield and productivity, especially for them to key into the agenda and aspirations of the government.

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“This government is pro-people and would always deal with communication from the bottom to the top, we believe in the use of town hall meetings where all stakeholders would gather and set target for government as well as give feedback on the activities of the administration.

 

“All these require government media officers to be up-to-date, diligent and efficient, they are the reasons government has embarked on training the officers in this particular cadre among others,” he noted.

 

Also at the event were the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa and the Executive Assistant to the governor on Administration, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, who said the State government was working towards improving human capital index of the State workers towards enhancing the economy of the State.

 

 

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Rehabilitation of the grave of a French veteran soldier

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The grave of the French veteran – Private Marange number 14503 – renovated in 2018 had been severely damaged in recent weeks.

Also, very quickly, in order to honour his memory, thanks to the assistance of the Directorate of Heritage, Memory and Archives of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the defence mission of the French Embassy carried out a new rehabilitation of the tomb.

This veteran who died for France on June 26, 1943, is buried in the open-ended Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Eldoret, about 150 km from the Ugandan border.

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