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I’ll assess Makinde’s performance after 6 months–APC Chairman

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Chief Akin Oke, the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, says he will only assess Gov. Seyi Makinde’s performance in office after the first 100 days or six months in office.

Oke, who made this known in a telephone interview with  Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Iseyin, said he doubted the competence of Gov. Seyi Makinde to govern the state.

“I will wait till then. As at today, I have my serious doubts and reservations on whether he is capable or not,” he said.

Oke said he was shocked and surprised by the N10 billion loan approval sought by the governor.

The State House of Assembly had on Tuesday given Makinde approval to borrow N10 billion as requested by the governor.

He had in his request informed the legislature that the loan would be used to revitalise the state’s infrastructure deficit.

“I find it surprising because here is a governor that was saying the state was in debt. I thought he had a magic wand to face challenges; I didn’t know that borrowing was his strategy.

“He was blaming the immediate past governor over N150 billion debt, an incorrect amount anyway.

 

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Makinde flags off construction of commission’s secretariat

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has flagged off the construction of a secretariat for the Local Government Service Commission and Local Government Pension Board.

Makinde said at the occasion in Ibadan that the idea of constructing the office complex came from the Local Government Service Commission.

He promised that his administration would give support for the completion of the project within 11 months.

In about 11 months, we will be coming back here to commission the edifice. So, I thank the chairmen and chairpersons of the local government areas and the local council development areas.

”Everybody came together to buy into the vision, and by that singular action, we were able to raise substantial amount needed for the construction of the structure.

I congratulate the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters and Local Government Service Commission and Local Government Pension Board. It is your idea and baby and we will support you to see to its completion,” he stated.

The governor also said that the state government had commenced the gradual rehabilitation of its secretariat which had been left to degenerate over the years.

”The rehabilitation process will not abate until the entire structures are given the desired face-lift,” Makinde said.

In his goodwill message Mr Olusegun Abatan, the Secretary of Nigeria Union of Pensioners in Oyo State, described the flag off of the office complex as historic.

Abatan praised the governor for effecting the payment of about N5 billion gratuities to retired workers of ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals.

He described Makinde’s administration as purposeful, saying it had so far paid N1.98 billion to retirees of primary schools while local government retires got about N3.2 billion.

Abatan added that the efforts of the Makinde administration had culminated in the socio-economic development witnessed in the state.

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Gov. Makinde inaugurates Marble Mining Company board

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Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Friday
inaugurated the board of the Nigerian Marble Mining Company.

Makinde charged the board members to attract investments to the company within the shortest time so as to change the narrative of the company.

The governor said his administration would give the board the needed support to ensure that its operations were elevated from the subsistence level.

He maintained that mineral development was one of the core areas of focus in his administration’s economic expansion drive and urged the board to take care of the environment, saying that the state takes its environment seriously.

“Be proactive in ensuring that the company protects the environment it operates in, the company must put in place necessary measures to restore the environment where possible.

“Our environment is really dear to us. We want your operation to take charge of the environment.

“We don’t want any destruction. Please, take care of where your mining operation will impact on the environment and lives of our people.

“Ensure you do restoration activities where possible. I am excited about what is possible here and I look forward to a changed story.

“I want to ask this board that this should be taken seriously. You need to, within the shortest possible time, try to bring in investments into the company.

And I give you the assurance that Oyo State will give you the needed support to ensure that the operation of the Nigerian Marble Mining Company is elevated from the subsistence level where it is right now.

“The link between Oyo State and Igbeti Marble is something that they know worldwide but we have not been able to do much in terms of expanding the company’s financial base, in terms of employment of a lot of our people from the catchment area, and setting a real target for ourselves.

While I congratulate you, I also want to tell you that you have a lot of work ahead of you. This is a government that is ready to change the narrative of the company.

“So, feel free to come to us at any time and we will support you; but we want to see Igbeti Marble back on the world map,” the governor stated.

Members of the board are Frank Odom and Imam Ganiyu — representatives of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Jadesola Lakulo-Sodipe, Chief Jacob Adetoro and Chief Mrs C. J. Aremu — representatives of the Asamu family of Igbeti.

Others are Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Oluwaseun Asamu – Executive Chairman of the Mineral Development Agency – Mr Abiodun Oni and Director-General of the Oyo State Investment and Public-Private Partnership Agency, Segun Ogunwuyi – representatives of the Oyo State Government and the Chairman of Olorunsogo Local Government, Igbeti.

The Nigerian Marble Mining Company jointly owned by the Federal Government and Oyo State Government is located in Igbeti in Oke-Ogun area of the state.

The company began operations in 1969 and was moribund for several years.

It was revived by the immediate past Governor of the state, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, in partnership with the Federal Government


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Gov. Makinde constitutes Oyo Credit Corporation, Sports Council

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Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has appointed Afees Jimoh, a former House of Representatives member, as Chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation.

Special Assistant on Print Media, Moses Alao, announced to the appointment in a statement on Thursday.

“Jimoh, the newly appointed chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation, attended Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; University of Lagos, Akoka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.

“Where he obtained NCE Technical, HND, PGD and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical/Electronics and Computer Engineering, respectively.

He was a Reps member for Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope Federal Constituency between 2011 and 2015.

“He served as the Deputy Director-General of the PDP Campaign for Oyo North Senatorial District in 2019,” the statement reads.

He said that the governor also approved the composition of the Oyo State Sports Council, with former Chairman of Ibadan North-East Local Government, Gbenga Adewusi, as chairman.

According to the statement, other members of the Oyo State Sports Council are Bello Tajudeen, Ogundele Quadri, Oguntoye Issac and Ogungbenro Fatai.

Others are Miss Omolabake Alabi, Makinde Adegboyega as General Manager and Director, Policy Coordination, Governor’s Office.

“Adewusi is a graduate of Human Kinetics from University of Ibadan and a former Sports Trainer to President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“He is the current chairman of the Oyo State Handball Association and served as chairman of the state’s Badminton Association,” he said.


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See your appointment as call to service – Makinde charges newly sworn-in appointees

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has sworn in three new permanent secretaries and five members of the state Civil Service Commission, charging them to see their appointments as call to service.

The swearing-in ceremonies were held on Thursday at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

Addressing the three female permanent secretaries, Makinde said, “This administration has shown gender sensitivity and respect for merit with your appointments.

“I congratulate you and I want to say that you earned this position. You have shown dedication and commitment in your various work environments and you have paid your dues over the years as well.

“I think we should be applauded for being gender-sensitive. We don’t discriminate. If you earn your position and have put in hard work, there is no glass ceiling in Oyo State as far as gender is concerned.

“As an administration, we try our best to motivate the workforce and ensure we deliver on our mandate to the people of Oyo State,” he said.

According to the governor, he never asked any of the new permanent secretaries of their political inclination.

“What matters to me is that you are from Oyo State and you have served diligently to earn your position.

So, I want to use you as a point of contact to those in the workforce and I’m hopeful that they will, one day, attain this position.

“What is important is our service to the people of Oyo State and also to make sure that our state is better in the course of our service. This is a call to service and I wish you all well,” the governor said.

NAN reports that the three permanent secretaries are Mrs Felicia Oyediran, Mrs Adenike Olufadewa and Mrs Foluke Moradeyo.

In his remarks to the five new members of the state Civil Service Commission, Makinde said he was confident they were up to the task.

“The tasks ahead of the government, which the newly inaugurated commission must key into, include civil service reform, training and retraining of the workforce as well as exploring e-governance among others.

“You are coming on board at an auspicious time in our history. It is time for us to reform the civil service.

“You have to put in the hard work so you can have your work cut out for you. I do not entertain any shred of doubt that you have the capacity, competence and will to carry out the necessary reform in the Oyo State civil service.

“When we came in, I had several discussions with the Head of Service on how promotions and welfare of the civil servants have been handled.

“To reform the civil service, we have to put in training and retraining of the civil servants.

“So, it is one area that I believe you can make your mark and make sure that you push our agenda to bring more knowledge to the civil service.

“One other thing I want to mention is the issue of e-governance. We have to reduce the paperwork to get our governance structure to go digital.

So, I look forward to people like yourselves to champion all of these reforms, and you can be rest assured that you will get the necessary support from the state government to pull this through,” Makinde said.

The five members of the state  civil service commission are Alhaji Kamordeen Aderibigbe (Chairman), Alhaji Kolapo Adewale, Mr Olutoyin Adedeji, Chief Solomon Ogunjimi and Pastor Taiwo Oluwagbemiro.


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We’re committed to success of Makinde’s administration – Oyo State monarch

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Oba Oyeniyi Olabisi, the Okere of Saki says the success of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration is a priority to Saki sons and daughters.

The monarch made this known on Wednesday while receiving members of the Coalition of Grassroots Volunteers Against COVID-19 (COGVAC-19) in his palace.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that COGVAC-19 is a group set up by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State Chapter in conjunction with the Association of Local Government Information Officers (ALGIO).

The group had been to several local government areas in the state with its campaign aimed at sensitising the people on COVID-19 pandemic and the need to adhere strictly to directives.

NAN also reports that the group led by Mrs Funmilayo Orisadeyi, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, was in Saki to kick-off their campaign in Oke-Ogun Zone II.

“Your visit to Saki today is very timely. Celebration of the governor’s one year in office is ongoing and the people of Saki are part of it.

“Makinde is our project and the success of his administration is a topmost priority for the indigenes of Saki land. We believe in this government and will give all to support it.

“We have suffered in the past. Most of the projects you see around were carried out by sons and daughters of Saki.

“Saki is a self-developed town. We lack social amenities and it’s quite unfortunate.

“Our roads are bad, though some already awarded. We have given our needs and bill of demand to the government.

“Now that we have people’s governor in charge of the state, we believe great things will start coming our way,” the monarch said.

The traditional ruler commended the governor for adopting good approach to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the state, showering encomium on the COGVAC-19 team for a brilliant job.

“It’s an opportunity for us to benefit from this great project. It’s quite different from other programmes brought here on COVID-19 by various groups.

“We are really appreciative of government’s concerns for our people.

“We say a big thank you to Makinde, the people’s governor for all his efforts to protect our people from contracting this horrible virus.

“The governor has also sited isolation centre here in Saki and work is ongoing. The centre is a 100-bed capacity hospital, owned by the state government,” he said.

The monarch confirmed receipt of palliatives from the state government and described it as a good gesture toward the masses.

“The governor had sent palliatives here. In actual fact, I chaired one of the occasions where it was shared.

“It was fair enough for each family; so, on palliatives, the government has tried. Like Oliver Twist, we are expecting more of it,” he said.

The monarch described the commissioner as an outstanding ambassador of the Makinde’s administration, saying her humility was exceptional and great.

Earlier, the commissioner commended the monarch for playing a great role in providing for the needs of the people of his domain, assuring him of Makinde’s commitment to transforming Saki and its environs.

“Kabiyesi, you have proved to the people of Sakiland that they have a worthy King and to the great people of Oyo State that the role of a monarch is beyond playing a mediator role or collecting royalty.

“You have distinguished yourself as a true father; a ruler born with milk of human kindness. With what we met on ground, you have really helped the government at both levels in the state.

“Your personal palliatives to the people of the state as well as materials to prevent people from contracting the virus are highly commendable and worthy of praise across the state,” she said.

She commended the efforts of ALGIO in setting up the coalition and moving from one local government to another to save lives.

“This is excellent in my first outing with this group.

I can say I’m convinced that this actually is the real information dissemination, coming to the people and being able to apply different approaches to the campaign,” the commissioner said.

The commissioner advised the people of Saki and its environs to adhere strictly to the information as contained in the campaign, promising to communicate the activities of the group to the governor.

“My appeal goes to the people of Saki and other towns and villages around to keep observing every precautionary measures as listed to them today.

“I have listened and can assure you, this is the best and current update on prevention and protection against COVID-19.

NAN reports that the monarch had earlier distributed palliatives which he personally funded to the people, among which were food items, branded face masks, soap and sanitisers.

The items were effectively distributed to the people through Saki Parliament, formed by about 174 quarters.

Among members of COGVAC-19 team were, the state NLC Chairman, Alhaji Bayo Titilola-Sodo; state ALGIO Chairman, Alhaji Kunle Kareem; state Assistant Secretary of NUJ, Mr Dauda Aderogba; and the Consultant, Mr Adebowale Adeoye.

Others were, the state ALGIO Secretary, Alhaja Ramat Alade; a member of Advisory Council, Alhaji Khalid Ajibade; Mr Mutair Adeyemo, Mr Ademola Bello, Mr Akinwumi Adedoja and Mr Gafar Adisa.


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We ‘ll make primary health care system in Oyo functional, affordable – Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde says his administration will make primary healthcare system  functional and affordable in the state.

Makinde stated this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the newly-renovated ALGON Comprehensive Health Centre, at Eyin Grammar community, Ibadan.

He said that healthcare development was one of the priorities of his administration, and the government would continue to invest in the system.

According to the governor, the state government has developed a new funding structure for Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), and will follow the policy of paying counterpart funding wherever it is required.

” Oyo state paid a sum of N250 million as state counterpart fund for the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRIN) a World Bank project that commenced in March 2020.

“We paid a sum of N100 million as state counterpart fund on the Basic Health Care Fund project, also paid N19 million counterpart fund for the Integrated Medical Outreach Programme by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

“As I said in my One Year in Office Broadcast, we will start seeing the results of our new funding structure in the months to come.

“Before we came into office, we were determined to ensure a turnaround in our healthcare sector.

“In order to achieve this, we made health care one of the four pillars of our manifesto, the Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State 2019-2023,” he said.

Makinde said that since his administration took over the affairs of the state, it had made healthcare development one of its priorities through policies and actions.

“For example, here in Oyo state, we have 721 Primary Healthcare Centres, or PHCs for short, across the 351 political wards. Although this number is not enough, our top goal is to make what we have functional and affordable.

So, in revitalising the PHC service system, we are starting with the strengthening of a minimum of one PHC per ward. Therefore, we are focusing on renovating and equipping 351 PHCs in the state, for a start.

We started with the PHC in Oranyan community in Ibadan and used that as a standard for the subsequent ones,” he said.

On the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) the governor disclosed that the state had been able to register 58,000 beneficiaries for health insurance and would start mobilising the community to bring more on board.

As our Cost-Benefit Analysis has shown, the average out-of-pocket payment for healthcare is N50,000/annum per resident of Oyo state.

“With healthcare insurance, you pay N8,000, a reduction of 84%. So, I urge you to  enrol in this scheme as the officers go from house to house to mobilise residents,”  he said.

Earlier, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary of the OYSHIA, said the healthcare centre was the second renovated PHC by the state government through capitation from Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme.

Akande said the facility was complete with the basic features of OYSHIA, accredited PHCs and had been equipped with medical equipment, furniture, solar power installation and a 40kva diesel electric generator.


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Gov. Makinde’s first year achievements impressive, says Oyo CAN

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, has said that Gov. Seyi Makinde’s achievements in the last one year was impressive.

Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, State Chairman of CAN, made the commendation while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Makinde had on May 29, rolled out the achievements of his administration in the first year, listing hundreds completed and ongoing projects.

“For our governor in Oyo State, it’s time of praise and commendation. Of course, no parents will bash or condemn a child that returns home with excellent report card, it’s impossible.

“Makinde deserves our praise if we put into consideration how his administration has positively affected lives of the masses in the state.

“To us, his report card is impressive and we congratulate the governor and his team for moving to the second year with enviable report card,” Akanmu said.

He said that the perspective for which they rated the governor’s performance defer from that of politicians, contractors or some other groups, saying they were not likely to be on the same page with him.

He said that the basis for which they rated the governor’s achievement as very impressive was the administration’s

direct impact on the masses and by extension, standard of living in general.

The CAN chairman said that the governor would always have the backing of the masses and civil servants, having being able to commit their regular remuneration to the welfare of their children and other associated bills.

According to him, pensioners and civil servants are able to settle outstanding bills, the purchasing power of the common man has been lifted because civil servants and retirees can afford to meet up with their needs.

“And that’s the only thing that has the power to set people free from the boundage of poverty and live better.

”Also, death rate among the pensioners and public servants has reduced drastically because they can afford necessities,” he said.

Akanmu noted that over 75 per cent of the population source for means of livelihood on daily basis, appreciated the governor’s decision not to lockdown the state during the rainy season considering its comparative advantage in agriculture.

“Let me tell you this, our position on his one year in office is also premised on the laid down principles of our Lord Jesus Christ, which mandates us to care more for the survival of people around us, especially the poor,” the cleric said.

The cleric advised the governor to embrace everyone, see criticism as motivating ladder and not to relent on his past achievements.

The CAN chairman further urged him to spread out his tentacles to touch other sectors and improve on those he had already started work on.

“We all know he cannot satisfy everyone, but larger percentage of the population should be able to speak well of his administration. He shall work harder than before, give checks and balances priority in his administration.

“Never embark on anti-people’s policies. Secure at least 75 per cent of their support for every policies to be introduced. There must be regular interaction between the governor and the people,” he said.

Akanmu urged the governor to be more vigilant and conscious of his environment while dissociating himself from sycophants.

He called on him to evolve a system that would ensure his lieutenants who failed to live up to expectations in the last twelve months are re-examined and their stories rewritten.


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Oyo owes N26 bn in gratuities–Gov. Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state has a backlog of N26 billion in unpaid gratuities to  6,274 pensioners.

Makinde made the disclosure in Ibadan on Monday while presenting cheques to some of the beneficiaries of the N180 million gratuity for 2013 retirees.

He said his administration had been making efforts to offset the debt inspite of the limited sources of funds for the government.

“I gave you a promise that as our economy is getting expanded, so also we will be adding more to what we need to pay to pensioners to ensure that we shorten the period within which we can offset this debt,” he said.

He said that his administration remained committed to finishing whatever the previous administrations had left undone, including payments.

“When a child inherits fortune from his father, he will not reject it.

“In the same way, if he inherits debt, he is duty-bound to do something about it and that is what I just explained; we are doing something about it,” he said.

The governor said that those who had served diligently needed all the support they could get from the state.

” Ordinarily, the payment of gratuity to retirees should come immediately after retirement.

“Despite the meagre resources available to the state, my administration will continue to bring relief to the entire workforce in the state and its senior citizens.

“This symbolic presentation of cheques is for retirees who finished the processing of their retirement papers in 2013.

“In total, 82 of these retirees will be paid their full retirement benefits.

“Seven years is a long time for anyone who could not work to wait to get paid their benefits.

“Such payment should ideally come immediately upon retirement and it is indeed disheartening that the previous administration did not do what was supposed to be done when it should be done.

“We are able to do this because we increased monthly allocation for gratuities from N100 million to N180 million with effect from June 2019.

” What this means is we have committed N1.908 billion to this payment in the past one year with a total number of 886 retired civil servants, hospital workers, teaching and non-teaching staff benefitting.

“When we came in, we still had the gratuity arrears of 2011. Now, we have completed the arrears of 2011 and 2012 and we are now on 2013.

“I give you the assurance that we will keep paying off these debts and I know we will finish paying them.” he said.

Makinde further said that his administration would continue doing its best to ensure that everyone in the state felt the impact of governance.

In his address of welcome, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, the state Commissioner for Establishment and Training, said the Makinde-led administration had alleviated the sufferings of helpless retirees.

Mr Okusegun Abatan, Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Oyo State, commended the state government for the payment of the gratuities.

Abatan urged Makinde to sustain his efforts at bringing smiles on the faces of the retirees.

Some of the beneficiaries–Raji Ayinde, Rachael Ogundiran, Adeniyi Omofoye and Fausat Olanrewaju– commended the governor for fulfilling his promise to them.
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Gov. Makinde issues 200 digitised Certificates of Occupancy

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State  has issued 200 digitised Certificates of Occupancy to the first set of beneficiaries under the State Home Owners’ Charter Scheme which commenced on April 1.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the initiative is to ensure property owners obtain their Certificates of Occupancy within 60 days from the date of submission of application.

Makinde, during the symbolic handing over of the Certificates of Occupancy to seven of the beneficiaries at the Government House in Ibadan, said the initiative had eliminated the bottlenecks that characterised issuance of the document in successive administrations.

“Though there has been various unsuccessful attempts by similar initiatives under previous administrations in the state, with the new initiative by this administration, the problem associated with the processing has been solved for good in Oyo State.

“You will agree with me that anyone who has proper documentation to prove ownership and purpose of property will have peace of mind regarding that property.

“For entrepreneurs, being able to quickly obtain this legal document is important in making business decisions.

” In fact, how quickly such document can be processed can greatly influence an investor’s decision about where to situate a factory or other business premises.

“It is, therefore, government’s responsibility to ensure the right policies are put in place to make the documentation associated with home ownership quick and easy.

“This new platform has all operating equipment and facilities funded by the Oyo State Government, all data will be domiciled on state-owned servers and we will ensure the security and safety of all these documents.

“We have also installed new security features for these documents to checkmate forgery,” he said.

The governor called on those without the certificate to make use of the opportunity to get one, saying the scheme would be on till Dec. 31.

“You can buy the scratch card to obtain the application form for N6,000 and if you are among the first 2,000 applicants, you will get a 15 per cent discount for   processing the  C of O.

“I am pleased to extend this intervention to individuals in all the 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas of Oyo state.

“It is my hope that all will take advantage of this opportunity to regularise their home ownership documents and enjoy peace of mind; another perk that comes with legal ownership of property in the state,”  he further stated

Earlier, Mr Abdu-Raheem Abiodun, the state’s Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, had described the initiative as a step in the right direction.

Abiodun said the present administration in the state had reviewed the “inherited logjams” and set up a smooth, prompt and adequate computerised method of processing the certificates and other land title documents within 60 days.

He implored all eligible land owners in the state to subscribe accordingly, saying “this initiative if well supported by all will go a long way to add immeasurable value to individual and corporate land holdings across the state.”

Three  of the beneficiaries, Saheed Adeniyi, Margret Ajibike-Oke and Azees Babatunde, expressed appreciation to the Makinde administration for speedy processing of their Certificates of Occupancy.

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