The Ogun State Government has commissioned a total of 160 units of two- and three-bedroom detached and semi-detached bungalows and storey-building apartments, presumably as part of efforts aimed at providing affordable housing for its workforce.
Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, while commissioning the Phase 1 of the estate, named after the first Head of Service in the State, Chief Adedotun Adedeji Kayode Degun, lauded government for making life comfortable for the workers.
Located in Laderin, Abeokuta, the estate has been christened the AAK Degun MITROS Estate.
Hajia Aisha Buhari, who was represented by Minister for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, while unveiling the plague, commended the vision of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration in providing standard housing units for civil servants, urging the workers to continue in supporting the mission to rebuild the state.
Hajia Buhari described the construction of the estate as a remarkable achievement for the present administration, noting that the initiative would greatly impact the socio-economic development of the state in particular and the country at large.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, on his part, said that the workers’ estate would reduce the hardship of civil servants in the course of having home of their own, adding that the gesture would avail them the opportunity to access decent homes at affordable cost.
He added that the project was part of his mandate on home ownership, which seeks to deliver fully serviced homes to a hundred families within its workforce.
“The commissioning of AAK Degun Workers’ Estate that we are witnessing is just a tip of the iceberg; we are still moving and determined to deliver more of this to workers in the state before our tenure ends in 2019,” Amosun assured.
The governor said the houses, which are fully serviced, have been subsidised. He explaining that the first phase comprises 68 units of two-bedroom semi-detached flats and 92 units of three-bedroom semi-detached units, totalling 160 units.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Housing Development and General Manager of Ogun State Housing Corporation, Arch. Jumoke Akinwunmi, expressed appreciation to those that contributed to the success of the construction of the estate, adding that 30 percent of the project was subsidised by government. According to her, all the housing units are ready with modern facilities.
Mrs. Akinwunmi described the achievement as an affirmation that the Corporation could build houses that are affordable for the civil servants.
Four former Heads of Service in the state – Chief Babatunde Osokoya, Surv. Godwin Ogun, Princess Iyabo Odulate-Yusuf and Mrs. Modupe Adekunle – who also witnessed the commissioning, commended the efforts of the state government on its home ownership scheme.
The Heads of Service, in their separate remarks, lauded the development, while the current Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi, applauded government for the gesture, saying that the civil servants would be encouraged to always put in their best to help the present administration deliver more dividends of democracy to the people.
In a related development, a total number of 650 ultra-modern open stalls have been commissioned for traders whose shops were affected by the road expansion projects carried out by the state government at the Itoku market.
Governor Amosun assured the traders that his administration would not relent at providing the needed social amenities that would improve their fortunes.
The traders including market women trooped out in large numbers with dancing and singing, appreciating the governor for his commitment to the rebuilding mission across the state, especially for the new open shops which they said would improve their livelihood in no small measure.