By Femi Atolagbe
Ondo State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Donald Ojogo has reiterated the readiness of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led administration to develop all the estates in the state.
Ojogo stated this while playing host to the management of Ondo State Development and Property Corporation and representatives of the Estate Residents Association in Ondo State in his office recently.
He noted that the development of the estates in the state is in the agenda of the current administration.
He assured them that the estates will receive adequate attention from the government.
Aminu said all their requests as discussed during the visit should be put on paper and made available for the governor and a similar visit be paid to the office of the governor.
The General Manager of Ondo State Development and Property Corporation, Mr Olugbenga Sawe appreciated the Commissioner for the recent visit he earlier paid to the corporation, adding that it revealed his true personality as a humble, strategic, proactive and pragmatic leader.
Sawe pointed the attention of the Commissioner to the deplorable state of the estate infrastructures which he claimed have been neglected over time because of the dwindling resources of the corporation and the state.
“I have to also emphasise the special roles and contributions of the residents association on the various estate in addressing those problems of lack of some vital infrastructure and decay of existing ones”, he said.
According to him, the problems range from in security to flooding and road maintenance which needed to be stemmed before the estates turn to slums.
According to him, many challenges facing the estates are being addressed by the corporation from the meager resources available butnoted that things would have been much better if residents association were willing to pay their maintenance charges as and when due.
On his own, the overall chairman of all estates in the state, Mr Bankole Desmond, who spoke on behalf of the representatives of residents associations, said that the residents have resolved to cooperate with the government by paying their maintenance charges.
“We are ready to cooperate with the government to move our estates forward, by contributing our own quota.
“We also agreed to embark on our own community projects.
“We demand from the government 1.5 kilometers of roads per annum and street lights in all the eight estates in the state”, he requested.
Bankole reminded the Commissioner that the immediate past administration embarked on 1.5 kilometre of road at Ijapo estate, saying it only remains to be asphalted before the exit of the present government.
“We appeal to the current government to resume work on the project, so that it won’t turn to an abandoned project”, he pleaded.
The Commissioner said the request of 1.5 kilometre of road is not too much and assured them that it will be tabled before the governor, saying no government would bring such development into those estates without his name not written in gold.
He therefore advised that a courtesy visit be paid to the Ministry of Works in respect of their request.
A similar visit was also paid to the office of the Senior Special Assistant, (SSA) to the Governor on Infrastructure, Engineer Raimi Olayiwola Aminu, who promised that work will soon commence on the road project embarked upon by the previous administration at Ijapo estate