The Oyo State Government has described rumours making rounds that it has allocated Agodi Botanical Gardens to a proposed Housing Estate, as baseless and untrue

The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Williams Akin Funmilayo said that mischief makers are trying to bring the State Government into an unnecessary distraction and nullify the laudable achievements recorded so far.

He disclosed further that the Government values reforestation and afforestation, and as such, would not convert Agodi gardens into a residential Estate.

He added that the large expanse of land to be converted to Baywood Estate does not include the Agodi Botanical Gardens.

The Commissioner also said the State Government has plans to upgrade the garden to an international standard, such that it will compete with other botanical gardens across the globe.

Therefore, Akin- Funmilayo re-echoed that the Governor did not give any order to his office for the conversion of Agodi Gardens to Housing Estate.

He recalled that the Agodi Botanical Gardens was created in the year 1967, but was destroyed by the Ogunpa flood disaster in 1980 by the raging water but got renovated in 2012 and reopened in 2014 as a tourist attraction in the ancient city of Ibadan.

He therefore said the garden is a lasting legacy, which the present administration will never joke with; adding that the Seyi Makinde led administration will not leave any stone unturned in making Oyo State a habitable place for all.

The Commissioner implored the general public to disregard any rumor on the sales of Agodi Gardens, assuring that the proposed Baywood Estate by Government will not encroach into Agodi Gardens.

“The reason why Government is intending to convert the forest to Housing Estate is to make the place more secure, as the place is a death zone that serves as harbour to many criminals where many innocent lives have been lost”, he said.

He also said, “Anybody that is in doubt of what the Government wants to do around that corridor should come to the Ministry for further clarifications.”

“We therefore call on the public to disregard any information related to the conversion of Agodi Botanical Gardens to an estate, as the Government is determined to protect public places in the best interest of its citizens and residents of the State”.

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Circular Road: Oyo Govt Pays Compensation To Business Owner

The Oyo State Government has paid over N100million as compensation to a business owner along the Ajia, Egbeda Road, whose property was demolished to pave the way for the construction of the ongoing Circular Road construction.

The cheque was presented to Messers Fasbok Global Resource Limited, Ajia Egbeda, Ibadan, by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs Mofoluke Adebiyi, on Friday.

Presenting the cheque of part payment to the owner of the company, she said the Oyo State Government supports industrial development.

It would be recalled that the Oyo State Government had earlier compensated farmers along that project, after which their produce was valued by the state ministry of agriculture and natural resources.

The Permanent Secretary added that Messers Fasbok Global Resources Limited property was affected in the construction of circular road project by the State Government.

The victim (name withheld) appreciated the State Governor, Seyi Makinde for his love and passion for the people of Oyo State.

“I had mixed feelings, because it is more than a year that the company was demolished, I had to borrow money to start my business from the scratch again with the promise that we will be compensated very soon”.

Today, I thank God and the Government as I have collected the compensation, I looked forward to” he said.

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Oyo Govt Set to “Know Who is Who in Real Estate Business” Through Accreditation

In a quest for the Oyo State Government to ensure the urbanization of the State, the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Williams Akin-Funmilayo on Saturday stated that the Makinde-led administration is ready to rid the State of bad eggs among the estate developers.

This was made known by the commissioner in a meeting with Real Estate Developers held at the Secretariat, Ibadan.

According to Mr. Akin-Funmilayo, regulating the activities of Real Estate Developers in the State is part of the second-term agenda for Sustainable Development.

He disclosed that the Oyo State Government has been duly informed by several innocent victims, who have been duped by the bad eggs, among the developers.

Mr. Akin-Funmilayo further emphasised that the Oyo State Government is taking the bull by the horn, by registering practitioners, and not letting dubious real estate developers take advantage of its people.

“They cannot be operating in the State without knowing them as a custodian of land in the State, which will equally protect their interest

“It is essential for Government to know who is who in real estate business in the State, we should work hand in hand to achieve same purpose with Govenor Seyi Makinde’s Agenda”.

“To protect the interest of innocent investors in the State, we have come up with modalities to accredit all real estate developers in the State, in other to have a robust relationship and curb excess of those that have polluted the industry”.

“To this end, they will know where we have designated for housing development not all land in the State are meant to be developed for housing estate, we will provide them with the Government land information that is needed to be developed even outside Ibadan”.

“With this our people in the State cannot be duped and if they have a land to be develop into an housing estate they will apply to the State Government and they will be profile properly. This will give our people in the diaspora an hope to come home and invest in the State”, he said.

In his remarks, one of the Real Estate Developers, and representative of Ark View Investment Limited, Peter Olutoyese applauded the laudable initiative.

Olutoyese acknowledged that the advantage of free entry has been abused and the industry has been polluted, adding that the regulation will limit the pollution and it will also give credible developers more chance to thrive.

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Oyo Govt. Set To Accredit Real Estate Developers

The Oyo State Government on Saturday, said it is set to regulate the activities of Real Estate Developers in the State, which is part of the second term agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Williams Akin Funmilayo stated this in a meeting with Real Estate Developers held at Secretariat, Ibadan.

He stated that, the development is part of efforts to guard against bad eggs among the developers, adding that one of the components of the present administration is to ensure the urbanization of the State.

He added that the Oyo State Government has been duly informed by several innocent victims, who have been duped by the bad eggs, among the developers.

Mr. Akin-Funmilayo stressed that, the Oyo State Government is taking the bull by the horn, by registering practitioners, and not letting dubious real estate developers take advantage of its people.

“They cannot be operating in the State without knowing them as a custodian of land in the State, which will equally protect their interest”.

He said, “it is essential for Government to know who is who in real estate business in the State, we should work hand in hand to achieve same purpose with Govenor Seyi Makinde’s Agenda”.

“To protect the interest of innocent investors in the State, we have come up with modalities to accredit all real estate developers in the State, in other to have a robust relationship and curb excess of those that have polluted the industry”.

“To this end, they will know where we have designated for housing development not all land in the State are meant to be developed for housing estate, we will provide them with the Government land information that is needed to be developed even outside Ibadan”.

“With this our people in the State cannot be duped and if they have a land to be develop into an housing estate they will apply  to the State Government and they will be profile properly. This will give our people in the diaspora an hope to come home and invest in the State”, he said.

In his remarks, one of the Real Estate Developers, and representative of Ark View Investment Limited, Peter Olutoyese applauded the laudable initiative.

He said, the advantage of free entry has been abused and the industry has been polluted, adding that the regulation will limit the pollution and it will also give credible developers more chance to thrive.

 

E-signed:

Prince Dotun Oyelade,

Hon. Commissioner,

Ministry of Information and Orientation,

Oyo State.

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Oyo Govt Demolishes College Of Technology, Other Illegal Structures at GRA

Oyo State Government, on Thursday, demolished some structures at Omololu Olunloyo GRA, Ring Road, Adeoyo, Ibadan, over illegal acquisition of land, unlawful entering into the GRA and non-compliance with physical planning rules and regulation by occupants.

The demolition was extended to AQUATECH COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY, IBADAN as the owner engages in leasing of Government lands without approval.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Mofoluke Adebiyi who led the team, while speaking on the demolition, said the exercise was to restore sanity into the land use management, urban and physical planning and development in Oyo State.

Mrs. Adebiyi revealed that the land in question was acquired by the Government of western region for the construction of Adeoyo Hospital Ring Road and other uses, adding that the traditional owners were duly compensated during the period.

She explained that several notices were served by the Bureau of Physical Planning over the years, but affected occupants failed to do the needful.

Her words: “Historically, this place was acquired by the Government of western region for Adeoyo State Hospital, part of it is for GRA, and traditional owners were compensated duly”

“Successive administrations have sounded notes of warning, but people thought the  Government was joking, so we decided to move around today and act accordingly’.

She said further: “We realized that some are practicing agriculture, which is very wrong in a GRA. They have birds and some animals in temporary structures, but we gave them 24 hours to vacate the birds and animals because they are living things”.

She advised those willing to purchase land at GRAs not to deal with individuals but approach the government to  avert false transactions. “If a place is called GRA, it is important to go to the assigned Government offices, to make enquiries, because the government is the owner”.

She however concluded that those claiming to have approvals should come to the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development for verification

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