Ogun Home Owner Charter: Expect 4,000 C Of O Monthly – Lands DG

homeowners-logoPlans are underway by the Ogun State government to increase the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) under its Home Owners Charter programme to 4,000 monthly to meet the yearnings of applicants.

The Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Biyi Ismail, disclosed this while responding to questions from  members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Lands and Housing led by Honourable Adebiyi Adeleye at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Director General represented by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Land matters, Mrs. Bimbo Oluyinka, explained that the process cut across inter-agency procedures involving the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service and the Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC).

He enjoined any applicant who needed clarification on the Home owner programme to call the designate call centres advertised by the Bureau, stating that the bureau had been strengthened with more personnel and equipment to ensure improved service delivery.

Ismail also assured qualified applicants of getting their Certificates of Occupancy before the end of the present administration in the State.

Earlier in his remarks, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Adebiyi, said it was incumbent upon the relevant agencies of government to fast track the process to make it more seamless.

Adeleye, in company with Honourables Olayiwola Ojodu, Israel Jolaoso and Julianah Akintayo, requested the Bureau to also address land allocation challenges being encountered by allottees of Isheri River View Estate within the next two weeks.

Women Affairs Commissioner Harps On Family Mobilisation For Devt.

Hon.-Mrs-Abiola-Kufile-Okonji-CommThe socio economic development of any State or nation depends mostly on the regular sensitization and mobilisation of the family being the smallest but very crucial unit in any society.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Abiola Kufile-Okonji made this assertion while speaking at the 4th edition of the Couples’ Forum, organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, with the theme “Ensuring Harmonious Family Relationships and Peace at the Home Fronts” held in Abeokuta.

She stated that reported increase in cases of kidnapping, abduction, ritual killings, rape and teenage prostitution, were indicators that things were not well at the home front, saying there was need for urgent attention to save the family in particular and the community in general.

While acknowledging that this year’s edition was to consolidate on the gains of previous couples’ fora, she charged participants to take maximum advantage of the programme to boost their relationships and co-exist harmoniously with others.

“I wish to charge participants to take maximum advantage of the forum to boost their relationships, device other means to resolve differences that may arise between their families and co-exist harmoniously so that the state, nation and the world can be a better place to live”, she said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Abiola Gbadamosi, acknowledged that the present economic recession had taken a great toll on the financial capabilities of parents to meet family commitments leading to increase in street children and deviant behaviour.

The Permanent Secretary who expressed optimism that participants would gain more from the facilitator’s wealth of experience, enjoined estranged and would-be couples to henceforth develop right attitudes towards each other to improve co-existence and family bond.

Amosun Charges Professionals On Socio Economic Development

amosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged Professionals to explore areas that would help achieve socio economic development in the country.

Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave the charge at the Investiture of Mrs. Funmi Babington Ashaye as the 48th President of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria at Victoria Island, Lagos.

Governor Amosun who was represented by his deputy, Chief Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, stated that the ongoing diversification of the economy was long overdue, adding that it was high time all sectors identified best areas to key into the Federal government’s economic policies that would help to rescue the nation from over dependence in the oil sector.

While expressing the need for Practitioners in the insurance sub-sector to further intensify efforts at showcasing potentials embedded in the industry, the Governor urged them to increase business opportunities available in the sector.

He highlighted various business opportunities existing in Ogun State, calling on insurance professionals to collaborate with his administration by sharing ideas that could assist in effective implementation of the rebuilding mission programmes.

Governor Amosun congratulated the new President of the Institute, describing her as a source of pride for womenfolk and a worthy daughter of Ogun State who has contributed her quota to the development of the nation.

In her remarks, Mrs. Ashaye appreciated members of the Institute for the confidence and trust reposed in her while pledging to consolidate on the achievements of her predecessors through action plan with a view to promoting the industry.

Ogun Warns Against Indiscriminate Wares Display On Walk-Ways

Bolaji-Oyeleye  2  Ogun State Government has warned traders against displaying their wares on pedestrian walkways and flowerbeds or risk government’s sanctions.

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye who handed down the warning while leading the enforcement team of the Ministry to Omida market and Oke-Yeke area in Abeokuta, said government would not fold its arms and allow traders endanger their lives and other road users.

Mr. Oyeleye, represented by the Coordinator, Environmental Task Force (Team A) Mr. Owolabi Oduntan, added that displaying wares on roadsides would not only diminish the aesthetics of the State but also constitute environmental hazards  to pedestrians and motorists.

‘’It is high time traders complied with the State government’s directives which states that all traders should take advantage of the multi-million naira shopping mall  provided for them’’, he said.

Oyeleye noted that one of the Ministry’s objectives was not only to ensure environmental hygiene across the State, but also to monitor people from abusing the environment through unlawful activities.

Some of the market women who did not want their names mentioned, said the steps taken by the government was a welcome development as it would make traders who had abandoned their shops to return without further delay.

Meanwhile, some traders found displaying electronic items and other wares on the walk-ways along Oke-Illewo road  had been directed to vacate,  as their activities constituted nuisance to free flow of human and vehicular movements.

OPIC Bags Innovative Developer Award

opic  In recognition of its immense contribution at providing affordable houses of world class standard, the Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC) has been conferred with Innovative Real Estate Developer of year 2016/2017 award in Nigeria by Fesadeb Media Group.

The Chief Executive Officer, Abuja International Housing Show, Barr. Festus Adebayo, while speaking at the 11th edition of the Abuja International Housing Show and Award, held at International Conference Centre, Abuja, said the OPIC was recognised for adopting various technologies in solving major housing challenges in Nigeria.

He emphasized that the show had created platforms where stakeholders in real estate could come together for practical solutions in the housing sector as well as to showcase new trends in home interiors, construction technology and mortgage banking, saying the corporation had displayed modern technology in building durable and affordable houses.

The Director, Business Development, OPIC, Mr. Dehinde Boye, who received the award on behalf of the Corporation, appreciated the organizers for recognising OPIC as the Innovative Real Estate Developer of the year, promising that the set standard would be sustained.

He added that OPIC introduced the unique technology in building houses having discovered ‘formwork’ as one of the fastest and easiest ways of building affordable houses, adding that the corporation housing design was to ensure standard in line with urban renewal agenda of Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration.

The OPIC Director said ‘’the innovative method of constructing houses within four days through the use of ‘formwork’, where moulds are erected and filled with concrete, left for two days before being removed for fittings and other fixtures to deliver affordable and comfortable abodes had made construction easy.

‘’This technology is currently in use in New Makun City, Sagamu for the OPIC/NMRC Mortgage housing units, construction of MITROS residences at Gateway Hotels, Abeokuta. OPIC has in recent years moved from the sales of serviced plots to becoming a full-fledged 21stcentury urban developer with a large scale development, revenue generation and employment opportunities for youths in the region,’’ Boye said.

Southwest States Unveil Plan On Security, Food Sufficiency

The South West Governors’ Forum under the aegis of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) have unanimously agreed to develop a 25-year Western Nigeria Development Master plan to address security challenges, food security among other sectors.

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who read the 11 point communiqué after the meeting of the South West Governors held in Abeokuta, revealed that the forum agreed to have a joint task force to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region.

Amosun, noted that artificial boundaries, religions and political affiliations will not act as barrier to the regional development, adding that all the States have been encouraged to improve the bilateral cooperation and foster development.

Speaking on food security, the Governor disclosed that the region would soon convene a regional agricultural summit in Ibadan which would improve food security.

Governor Amosun revealed that the forum would set up a committee to codify the values and ethos of the Yoruba race to strengthen the identity and unity of the people of the region, adding that the gathering would henceforth be known as the Western Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, the Ogun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Bashorun Adebola Adeife, harped on the importance of bilateral and multi-lateral co-operation among States as a way of developing the region.

‘’For the region to achieve it’s set goals on regional development, all hands must be on deck to revive the  economy through either bilateral or multilateral co-operation among the South West States as a way of ensuring that the region remains the economic power house of the nation with a resounding economy to engender industrialization’’, Adeife said.

In attendance at the meeting were the Governors of Ekiti, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Ondo, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Oyo, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the host Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

Ogun Embarks On Tree Planting In Urban Areas

kola lawal  Ogun State Government has revealed plans to begin tree planting within the urban areas apart from its forest reserves, towards mitigating the effects of climate change as well as beautifying the scenery of areas through its Urban Forestry Programme (UFP).

Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal made this known at the flag off while speaking with pressmen after the planting exercise at Federal University of Agriculture, International School, Abeokuta.

Chief Lawal said the programme was aimed at transforming the landscape of the State, especially at the urban centres, affirming that the ministry was partnering with Green Mobilization Initiative (GMI), a Non Governmental Organisation to plant trees in secondary schools across the State just as the ministry was set to embark on tree planting in public places within the urban centres.

“Not only in secondary schools, we want to take tree planting to hospitals, houses and around the towns. We just have to see that people embrace tree planting,” he said.

The Coordinator, Green Mobilization Initiative, Mr Gabriel Aborell, said the initiative apart from the aesthetic purpose, would also educate young ones especially secondary school students on the importance of tree planting while they would also be trained on the technical knowhow of tree planting.

LG Autonomy: OGHA Promises To Address Concerns Of NUT

ogun-assemblyThe State House of Assembly has assured the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) that its request for the take-over of payment of Primary School Teachers by the Federal or State Government will be given necessary backing for fruition.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, who gave the assurance while receiving members of the union led by Comrade Titi Adebanjo said the Assembly, would address their plight in the course of the constitutional amendment informing that the amendment by the National Assembly was a public affair aimed at further strengthening all sectors of the nation’s economy.

Adekunbi remarked that primary education remained the bedrock for educational development, promising that the State House of Assembly would consider the remuneration and other welfare of the teachers when it is the turn of the State Houses of Assembly to contribute to the constitutional review.

He applauded the teachers for their commitment and genuine concern for the advancement of the education sector in the State, while charging them to continue to contribute their quotas to the success of the qualitative education programme of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.

The Speaker emphasized that the current government in the State was irrevocably committed to the educational development of the State and had invested heavily on infrastructure, equipment and personnel.

Earlier in his submissions, Comrade Titi Adebanjo said that the NUT was in support of local government autonomy but pleaded for the placement of primary teachers’ salary on the first line charge of either the Federal or the State government, pointing out that the local councils as presently constituted, could not afford to pay the teachers’ remuneration.

Lassa Fever Outbreak: Ogun Beefs Up Surveillance

Babatunde IpayeOgun State Government is strengthening its surveillance mechanism as to effectively curtail any outbreak of lassa fever across the State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who disclosed this while speaking with pressmen at his office,  Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, said  the State would not relent in its efforts at safeguarding the State against the outbreak of the dreaded Lassa fever.

“What we have done is to continue to intensify our surveillance system.  Our surveillance system has been strengthened and we will continue to train our surveillance officers across the State, we have provided the needed tools and equipment for reporting cases especially cases of fever that has gone beyond three days’’, he noted.

The Commissioner charged the citizens to complement the effort of government by keeping their environment clean and embrace healthy living at all times.

“I want to use this opportunity to tell our people as we been saying repeatedly that they should make sure that food items are kept safe, covered and protected, avoid rats within their residence and as much as possible, use rat traps in the kitchen so that the food items are not contaminated and as a matter of fact, personal hygiene is very critical, we need to keep our environment clean”, he urged.

As part of measures put in place to curtail the outbreak of disease, Ipaye reiterated that the isolation centres created across the State to contain deadly diseases are consistently being maintained to adequately tackle any emergency that might arise.

While enjoining the citizens to always report cases of prolonged fever at the nearest health facilities to them, the Commissioner urged the people not to hesitate to do same for such cases within their neighbourhood.

Amosun Tasks Teachers On Improved Teaching Skills

amosunMembers of the Association of Primary School Head teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) in Ogun state have been enjoined to create a pupil friendly environment in primary schools through the adoption of improved teaching skills and methodologies.

The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who gave the charge while declaring open the State Delegate Conference of the Association, held at Odogbolu in Leguru Local Council Development Area, said ensuring effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery would help improve the standard of primary school education in the State.

Amosun, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, decried a situation where teachers, especially those at the basic school level shirk in their responsibilities, cautioning that such would no longer be tolerated, calling on AOPSHON to address nonchalant attitude of some of its members to work.

Governor Amosun assured that key resolutions taken at the just concluded State Education Summit as they affect teachers would be implemented.

“We have set machinery in motion to ensure the strategic implementation of the 30-point communiqué issued at the end of the Education Summit held recently in the State”, the Governor said.

He also assured that the State Government would continue to improve on infrastructure at primary and secondary school levels and tackle headlong, the issue of imbalance in teachers’ posting.

Speaking earlier, Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Jelili Okewole who was represented by the Board Secretary, Mr. Wasiu Kuye said as Teachers, Head teachers are expected to maximize their potentials in the discharge of their duties.

In addition, the chairman said they must find lasting solutions to the decline in performance of pupils in public primary schools.

In his address, AOPSHON State Chairman, Prince Francis Fajobi, noted that it was important for teachers to contribute more at advancing the development of education in the State, promising that the Association would continue to be loyal to the State Government.