In its bid to bridge the gap between the rising population and housing deficit in Oyo state, the state governor; Engr. Seyi Makinde has disclosed that the state is ready to partner with a civil engineering firm; Family Homes Funds Limited.
Governor Makinde revealed this while hosting the MD/CEO, Family Homes Funds Limited, Mr. Femi Adewole, and his team at the Courtesy Room of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
In a statement released to the press by Makinde’s chief press secretary; Mr Taiwo Adisa, the governor was quoted saying that the state is set for this type of collaboration, adding that it will fix the housing needs of the state.
He said: “I believe we met the first time in late 2019 and we have been trying to push this forward but, somehow, we did not get the necessary traction. The OYSIPPA team met with your team in Abuja around last year.”
“Quite frankly, I am always skeptical about Abuja programs because it is far away. So, because of that gap, I believe most times, people in Abuja design programs and policies without really looking at the local requirements.”
“So, I thought this may just be one of them. But I kept going and encouraged our guys to keep the lines open, well until I went to Bauchi to flag off a project, two weeks ago. We drove from Bauchi to Katagum and I saw several of your projects along the line and the governor kept telling me that they were the works of Family Homes.”
“What we have been able to do here is that, suddenly, the places we think could not be viable have become viable now. For example, the new Business District for us is around Moniya. From that point to Iseyin is now 30 to 40 minutes.”
“Even, the GRA at Oyo, nobody would put his money there, but suddenly, Oyo may also be 25 minutes away from the centre of the facilities here in Ibadan and the same thing with Ogbomoso, because we are also going to construct the road from Iseyin to Ogbomoso.”
“So, we think this is the best time to really make the final push, and here we have all the officials that can make this happen. I am also here. From my own position, whatever we need to do to take off as early as possible, I am ready to do that.”
“Our people have also listened to you and they quite understand what is at stake. It is not a joke, because I have seen the houses, even the ones in Ogun State. So, I believe we should not be left behind here,” he said.
The MD/CEO of Family Homes Funds Limited, Mr Adewole, had earlier remarked that the programme was designed to address the housing needs of local people.
He explained that the organization is eager to work with the Makinde administration, saying: “This is an affordable housing programme and it is designed to address the housing needs of local people.
“We have significant programs across some states in Nigeria. We are definitely looking at replicating those successes under your leadership in Oyo State.”
“We look forward to working with your administration to deliver a fairly significant housing programme for the people of Oyo State and for the legacy of your vision and for this state.”
“I assure you personally that I am taking a personal interest in the Oyo State programme and we will work with you to achieve success.”