The Oyo State Government has frowned at illegal occupants of government properties, stating that those in such acts should desist forthwith or face the wrath of the law.
Olusegun Emmanuel Olayiwola, the honourable commissioner for lands, housing, and urban development, who made this disclosure during his visit to some of the Government Reserve Areas during the week, warned that the state government would deal decisively with anyone found or caught illegally occupying any of the state government properties.
Speaking at the Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja GRA along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which according to the Commissioner covers about 100 hectares of land not far from the Lagos-Ibadan Toll Gate, Olayiwola said the facility provider at the GRA will move to site at any moment from now.
He said the state government was already making holistic assessments of the state government’s GRAs in Ibadan with a view to commencing proper planning and development.
Olayiwola added that the Oyo State Government is putting measures in place to commence the development of undeveloped Government Residential Areas, GRAs, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He said this is part of the efforts of Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to provide affordable housing for the increasing population in the State.
“By December anyone that comes around here in this GRA will know that Governor Seyi Makinde is working hard to urbanize Ibadan.
“From what you saw on the signpost, you could see that something entirely different is already happening here and by the grace of God by December you will be impressed with what would have been done.
“You know a GRA is a quiet, serene, and secluded environment. This GRA is such a beautiful place that mobility is very convenient for residents of this place either going to Lagos or going to the city from here. And I can assure you facilities such as the road, drainages, electricity, etc. for the GRA will be provided even before construction starts, that’s why we are first and foremost, engaging facility providers before we start building,” Olayiwola said.
While addressing residents of Ajia community in Ona-Ara, the Commissioner said the state government has put in place measures for proper relocation of the market in the area to enable the government develop the site into a modern residential area.
The Commissioner maintained that the commitment of Governor Seyi Makinde-led Government towards urbanizing Ibadan to a 21st-century standard remains unwavering noting that critical infrastructures of a modern society being put in place by the present administration were strategic and deliberate.