Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State yesterday handed over 16 3-bedroom flats to villagers whose land farms and houses were taken over by President Muhammadu Buhari estate.
At the ceremony which was held at Itoku Elewe along Kobape in Obafemi Owode local government area of the state, the governor explained that the construction was the first phase of relocating the villagers.
Senator Amosun explained that the 16 modern flats were to take care of residents of Itoku Elewe, Itoku Egunjobi and Itoku Isale area of the local government.
Amosun who explained that no residence of the villagers was demolished to pave way for the new estate said about 96 of such houses would be constructed before relocation.
Turning of sod of President Muhammadu Buhari Estate was done by the President during his official visit to mark the 40th anniversary of the state in February.
Amosun who further assured that no property would be demolished until occupants are properly relocated said the settlers would also enjoy the same facilities with the multi billion Naira estate.
Amosun who spoke in Yoruba said, “We are about to start work on the main project and that is why we are doing this today. All the access roads would be constructed and the school will kick off soon.
“We haven’t demolished any house but we are building this houses because of the cooperation shown by the villagers and that is why we are relocating you before the exercise.
“The light and water from the estate would be extended to the houses while lands would be given to the villagers who intends to go into agriculture.
“We are starting the second phase and look for a way of improving, our target is to construct 96 structures and before we demolish any village, we would have build the like of this structures for them.”
The Baale of the area, Ebenezer Sanyaolu who expressed happiness at the development pleaded on the Governor to fast track the construction of other houses.
He said, “Those who are collecting houses today are very happy but not until others are able to get theirs, we have not succeed.”
Both the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu commended the state for relocating the settlers.
Both Alake and Olowu handed over keys to the houses to sixteen familities who are beneficiaries of the project.