200 Units at Muhammadu Buhari Housing Estate in Kajola to be completed by Year-End
Two hundred units of semi-detached duplexes and terrace under construction at the Muhammadu Buhari Housing Estate at Kajola, Abeokuta, would be completed before the end of the year.
Governor Dapo Abiodun gave the assurance, while fielding questions from newsmen during his inspecting of the ongoing construction of the housing estate, located along the Abeokuta-Sagamu Interchange.
He said some of the buildings had been fully paid for, while others partly paid for, directing the contractors handling the project to work round the clock to meet the deadline.
Abiodun promised that the estate, which was an inherited project by his administration would be developed into a top-notch estate, to serve as a reference for other estate projects to come in other parts of the estate.
He recalled that the Amosun administration which started the housing project failed to pay the pay contractors, who provided infrastructure in the estate, and had initiated litigation that would have led to the forfeiture of the estate to them.
The governor said he had to direct the justice ministry to intercept the litigations and reached a deal with the contractors to retain the ownership of the estate.
Prince Abiodun added that the estate which is being constructed under the Public Private Partnership in line with his administration’s vision, has the state providing the land and the needed infrastructure, while the contractors, real estate companies and builders build the structures and sell them for mutual benefits between the state and the other parties.
The governor expressed delight with the success of the PPP initiative which he hinged on trust, emphasizing that it validates how much trust has been restored between the government, the private sector, and the governed.
“We have about five different companies that are working here in partnership with the Ogun State government.
I’m impressed that if there is anything one could take away from here is that our PPP initiative is working.
PPP initiatives can only work if there is trust and confidence in the administration.
Nobody will come and partner with you if they are not sold on the fact that we are a serious and focused administration.
To me, it is a validation of how much trust has been restored between the government, the private sector, and those that we are governing,” the governor said.
While describing the project as “a promise made and a promise kept”, Prince Abiodun noted with delight the recent ranking of the state as number one among the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory that has shown significant improvement in Internally Generated Revenue drive year-in-year out, saying it is an indication that the administration’s policies are bearing fruits.