Oyo State government on Monday disclosed that the present administration would make all efforts to decongest Ibadan, the state capital, by creating satellite towns in major communities.
Ibadan, with a population of over three million people, is the third most populated city in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano states.
The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated that the intention of the Governor Seyi Makinde administration is to make housing affordable and available to the people of the state.
Speaking to journalists moments after resuming office, Abdu-Raheem said the government will create more avenues for residents to become home owners as land would be acquired from the targeted local government areas where the people have interest to reside.
His words: “The state government under Engr. Seyi Makinde will not engage in cheap talk. We are poised to be realistic in our approach to governance by giving the best of our ability to the people that voted for the governor and this will reflect in our lands and housing policy.
“We will acquire more lands to give room for the public to have access to their choice of land at any location in the state at affordable rate. This will help decongest Ibadan and allow for further developmental projects that will help beautify the capital city and spread to the other major towns in the state.
“In our effort at decongesting Ibadan to make commercial and urbanization drive easier, the acquired lands at these communities will come in the form of satellite towns and serve the people those important things they crave at the city centers like Ibadan.”
The Commissioner assured the people of the state of prompt processing and dispatch of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) which he said would come at affordable cost.
While addressing staff of the ministry, the Commissioner who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Tpl. Ademola Ajibola urged them to exhibit high sense of integrity in dealing with outsiders on issuance of land documents among other services.
He called on the people of the state to desist from erecting illegal structures along the roads and setbacks of streams and also stop dumping refuse into water channels