Oyo State Government has frowned at illegal occupants of government properties, adding that those in such acts should desist forthwith or face the wrath of the law.
The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Tpl Olusegun Olayiwola, said this during his visit to some of the Government Reservation Areas (GRAs) in the state.
He warned that the state government will deal decisively with anyone found or caught illegally occupying any of the state government property.
During his visit to the Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja GRA, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Olayiwola said the facility provider at the GRA will move to site any moment from now, noting that the GRA covers about 100 hectares of land.
He said the state government was already making holistic assessments of state government’s GRAs in Ibadan with a view to commence proper planning and development.
Olayiwola added that the Oyo State Government is already putting measures in place to commence the development of undeveloped GRAs in Ibadan.
According to the commissioner, the development is part of the efforts of Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to provide affordable housing for the increasing population in the state.
“By December anyone that comes around here in this GRA will know that Governor Seyi Makinde is working hard to urbanize Ibadan. From what you saw on the signpost, you could see that something entirely different is already happening here and by the grace of God by December you will be impressed with what would have been done.
“You know a GRA is a quiet, serene, and secluded environment. This GRA is such a beautiful place that mobility is very convenient for residents of this place either going to Lagos or going to the city from here. And I can assure you facilities such as the road, drainages, electricity, among others for the GRA will be provided even before construction starts, that’s why we are first and foremost, engaging facility providers before we start building,” Olayiwola said.
While addressing residents of Ajia community in Ona Ara Local Government, the commissioner stated that the state government has put in place measures for proper relocation of the market in the area to enable the government develop the site to a modern residential area.
He maintained that the commitment of Governor Seyi Makinde-led government towards urbanising Ibadan to a 21st century standard remains unwavering, noting that critical infrastructures of a modern society being put in place by the present administration was strategic and deliberate.
The commissioner, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Tpl Ademola Ajibola; Oyo State Surveyor-General, and other top government officials during a visit to Lere Adigun GRA, behind Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Basorun aslo visited Oyo Free Trade zones and Omololu Olunloyo GRA, Ibadan.