By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Ondo State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni has sought the support of the State House of Assembly for better performance of the ministry.
He stated this while playing host to the State House of Assembly Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development in his office.
The Commissioner affirmed that despite paucity of funds, lack of working tools and unfavourable working environment, members of staff of the ministry have remained focused and dedicated to work such that the ministry, by every standard should be a revenue generating ministry just as has performed beyond expectation within few months of operation.
According to him, the ministry is in charge of layout and building plan approval. “It is the responsibility of the ministry to determine where a telecom mast, a billboard even government owned structure and institution can be erected.
He stressed that considerable success has been recorded since embargo has been lifted on Arakale corridor and construction of petrol filling stations as developers without approval have been approaching the ministry to process their approval papers.
Amodeni, however urged the committee to look into the challenges of the ministry, some of which according to him include, shortage of man power, office accommodation and, non-availability of working tools among others.
He also advised that government should make recourse to the ministry before embarking on any building projects.
In the Committee Chairman’s response, Hon. Sola Oluyede, commended the working relationship between the commissioner and the staff of the ministry noting that it is rare to hold staff members in such a high esteem.
Hon. Oluyede appreciated the ministry for generating so much in the space of two months that the ministry started work despite its various challenges and was optimistic that if given the required support, the ministry will do more.
He therefore appreciated the goal getting spirit of the commissioner and his doggedness.
He equally promised the ministry the committee’s support in order to achieve the set goal.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Alaba Adeyemi appreciated the committee’s visit and hoped that having listened to the commissioner, the committee will make true its pledge of support and was equally hopeful that the ministry will be at its best if well equipped.