Regular monitoring of government estates across all zones of the State is being vigorously pursued by the Ogun State Ministry of Housing, to curb encroachment by occupiers and ensure adherence to standard established building codes.
Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Jagunmolu Akande Omoniyi made this known during a working visit to Laderin Workers Estate, Abeokuta, saying converting government landed properties to personal use was unlawful and punishable under the law.
According to him, the Ministry had received several reports on activities going on at the Workers’ Estate, thereby requiring urgent attention before it escalates.
While noting that the welfare of workers remained paramount to the present administration, the Commissioner warned that the era of flourishing in impunity had gone, reiterating his team’s commitment to regular surveillance on the encroached land, until perpetrators abides with the standard rules and agreements.
He said the Ministry would ensure that state government gets a fair value for the undeveloped land spaces in the estate by offering the civil servants who have shown interest in them, directing that fourteen days’ ultimatum should be given to the affected owners of the houses, to revert to approved land use, as well as maintaining their building lines and fences as beaconed.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Bolaji Orekoya decried the erection of unapproved buildings on the encroached land space, charging the Building Department of the Ministry to carry out its oversight functions optimally in the estate, through regular visit, to be abreast of changes in the development of approved plan.
Corroborating, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Arc. Sulaimon Oladipupo pointed out that the approved design for the estate was semi-detached 2units within the site given, but having discovered that some of the landed areas could not accommodate 2units, led to reserving them for future development, where single unit can be built which occupiers have diverted to personal use.
“This anomaly is not only wrong but runs fowls of the purpose for which the estate was conceived ” Oladipupo submitted.
Press Officer, Min. of Housing