The Ogun government says the neglected houses might turn to a breeding ground for hoodlums.
Owners of houses not currently occupied at the Media Village, Ajebo in Abeokuta and the Low Cost Housing Estate in Sagamu in Ogun State have been enjoined to move in before the end of January next year or face sanctions from Government.
The Commissioner for Housing, Daniel Adejobi, who gave the directive while inspecting the level of work done in the two estates, warned that those who failed to heed the call, will leave the state government with the choice of reallocating the houses and refunding their deposits.
He expressed dismay at the unkempt condition of the surroundings which he attributed to neglect on the part of owners, adding that the houses had become hideouts for robbers and touts.
“The whole area is so bushy and the flats are now abodes for snakes, lizards and other dangerous reptiles. Aside this, the place may become a safe haven for touts and other criminally minded elements to perpetrate their nefarious acts which may endanger the lives of other allottees who have already taken possession of their houses within the estates,” Mr. Adejobi stated.
The Commissioner stressed that the overall objective of Government on housing is the provision of infrastructure and shelter for the people through effective utilization and management of human and material resources. He advised that only those who are ready to occupy Government estates immediately should subscribe.
He said part of his Ministry’s achievement this year is the completion of housing units in all Government estates, adding that come 2013, the new estates to be constructed would be provided with basic infrastructure and amenities such as drainages, good roads, water and electricity supplies, clinic, recreation centre and police post amongst others.
Speaking during the visits, one of the allottees at the Ajebo Media Village, Sesan Duru, commended the government’s efforts at completing the remaining units. He called for the provision of more infrastructure in the estate.