The need to ensure proper and regulated urban renewal in Ogun State, necessitated the unbundling of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, so as to align with the core objectives and competencies of its full potentials.
The Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, TPL. Olatunji Odunlami disclosed this while briefing newsmen in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noting that the move was to further drive the socio-economic development of the State by creating avenue for ease of doing business, as well as boost internally generated revenue.
He noted the State Government’s desire to change the physical landscape of the State to meet international standard, saying the stage was set to revive old towns, by giving them facelift to make them more investment-friendly.
Defining each agency’s role, Odunlami revealed that Ogun State Slum Regeneration Authority would focus on abandoned old big towns, in terms of proper planning and development, to fulfil Governor Dapo Abiodun’s agenda to ensure that they were properly planned and developed, for aesthetic values to attract investors.
The Ogun State Planning and Development Permit Authority, according to him, was specifically saddled with granting development permit and monitoring of development in the State, so that its ranking in ease of doing business would be better.
The Commissioner said the third agency, christened Ogun State Building Production Management Authority would be monitoring stages of buildings according to approved plan, explaining that ‘’the process would be from site certification, building research, monitoring building process, certify them by checking the building materials to ensure they are of good qualities, as well as discover distress and abandoned buildings which are prone to collapse, to forestall unnecessary loss of lives and property’’.
Odunlami pointed out that, with the industrial drive of the present administration, it was expected that there would be influx of people into the State and the standard for development of physical structures must be well spelt out, to forestall crisis of haphazard development.
“We need to ensure that our buildings are built according to Structural Plans so that we don’t have building collapses in the State, there is need to leverage on our knowledge of what will happen, most especially development pressure areas, very close to Lagos like Mowe/Ibafo, Ota, Agbado and others”, he stated.
He said the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning which was renamed Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development was still a policy engine room of the entire Urban and Regional Plan in Ogun State.
Tosin koletowo & Luke Adebesin,
Press Officers, MPP& UD