Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has identified lack of proper documentation and incomplete payment by applicants under the Homeowners’ Charter Programme as factors responsible for the delay in issuance of Certificates of Occupancy.
Amosun, stated this during the 29th edition of presentation of Certificates of Occupancy and Building Plan Approval to another batch of beneficiaries at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, explained that though government allowed payment by instalment, some applicants who had taken advantage of the opportunity have not done the needful by completing their payment and other documentation.
“The question asked by some applicants is why the delay in the issuance of C of O. But we found out that they have not done the needful. Some are yet to make full payment, though this government allows payment by instalment. Others have not completed their documentation under the scheme. Let me assure you that all applicants that meet the requirements will collect their C of O before the end of our tenure”, Amosun said.
He said proper documentation would assist government in fast tracking the process of issuing land title documents and free the owners from land grabbers, forging or cloning their documents.
In his welcome address, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, TPL Bola Ajayi, said the programme would also help to provide enumeration data for medium town planning for the provision of schools, hospitals and other essential services to the people.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Bayo Olagunju from Akute, appreciated the State Government for the initiative, which he said has made them real landlords.