The Ogun government on Thursday said it issued over 7,694 Certificates of Occupancy under the “Home Owner Charter Programme” to land owners in the state between January and June.
Mr David Alao, the Director in charge of Statistics, Ministry of Finance, disclosed this while playing host to members of the state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation who were on oversight visit to the ministry.
Alao said that since the commencement of the Home Owner Charter Programme in 2014, more than 31, 728 title documents had been issued to qualified residential property owners in the state.
He added that the state government had been able to provide residential owners in the state title documents without the statutory fines or penalties for their illegal buildings.
Alao explained that the ministry had been able to carry on with the haulage harmonisation activities centrally and also monitor the state’s revenue activities.
Defending the budget of the Office of the Accountant General, Mr Michael Idowu, the state’s Accountant General, stated that all salaries and allowances, including pension of all MDAs, had been processed and paid as and when due.
Idowu explained that all revenue and expenditure of MDAs had been fully reconciled while all the accounts had also been adequately captured and prepared.
He also disclosed that the office generated N185.2 million from administration fees and charges in the period under review.
“Effective monitoring of government revenue through daily, weekly and monthly revenue reconciliation has assisted in preventing revenue leakages.
“Field vehicles are required for effective monitoring of MDAs and revenue collection,”he said.
In his response, the committee’s Chairman, Mr Olakunle Sobukanla, advised the finance ministry to ensure that everyone requesting for Certificate of Occupancy were taken care of.
Sobukanla noted that the visit was not meant to witch-hunt any agency, adding that the assembly would continue to support the MDAs to move the state forward .