A Special ReportThe Ogun State government has announced plans to regenerate the housing in Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, the state capital, and other GRAs in the state. The regeneration programme will involve the demolition of decrepit civil servant houses and the construction of modern and befitting housing units.
The programme is a welcome development for Ogun State, as it will help to improve the living conditions of civil servants and other residents of the state. It will also boost the state’s economy by creating jobs and attracting new businesses and investments.
The Commissioner for Housing, Jamiu Akande Omoniyi, said the regeneration scheme is necessary because the Ibara GRA was established in the 1970s and had not been renovated since then. He said similar GRAs in other southwestern states had been rebuilt over the years to be congruent with modern housing schemes.Omoniyi said the regeneration scheme of Ibara GRA would be commenced soon by the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration. He also said similar schemes in Ijebu Ode, Ota, Ilaro, and Sagamu would also be rebuilt.
The commissioner said the regeneration scheme would be done to give real value to the state government and to the residents, noting that the old structures would be demolished to give way to a modern and pristine housing scheme.He said the state government would also construct between 500 and 600 housing units on a 24-hectare piece of land handed over by the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) to the Ministry of Housing.
The land is located along Lafenwa-Ayetoro Road, Abeokuta, and the housing units will be part of the government’s affordable housing scheme. Omoniyi said squatters on the land had been given a six-month notice to vacate the government-owned land to give way for construction of the housing units.
The regeneration programme is expected to be a major boost to the Ogun State economy. The construction of new housing units will create jobs and attract new businesses and investments. The programme will also improve the living conditions of civil servants and other residents of the state.
Benefits of the Housing Regeneration Programme
The housing regeneration programme will have a number of benefits for Ogun State, including:Improved living conditions for civil servants and other residents of the state.Boosted economy through job creation and attraction of new businesses and investments.Increased revenue for the state government through taxes and other levies.Improved aesthetic appeal of the state.Reduced crime rate.
Challenges of the Housing Regeneration Programme
The housing regeneration programme also faces a number of challenges, including:The high cost of demolition and construction of new housing units.The need to relocate residents of the affected areas.The need to ensure that the new housing units are affordable and accessible to all residents.
Source: Punch Ng