8th July, 2011
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of 0yo State today pledged his administrationâ€™s determination to alleviate the suffering of the masses through the provision of affordable, decent and cost-effective housing.
Ajimobi made this pledge while receiving the management of the Federal Mortgage Bank,FMB, during a courtesy call in his office at Agodi, Ibadan.
He also told the management of the Arik Air who paid him a courtesy visit that he would make the state the next best option for investors after Lagos.
The governor, at the meeting with FMB officials, disclosed his administration’s intention to partner with the FMB in its efforts to making life more meaningful for the people of the state through the provision of affordable houses.
Ajimobi said that apart from the N18,000 minimum wage being demanded by workers in the state, the present administration believes in the development approach to the welfare of workers which he said takes care of the basic requirements of human beings.
He said, â€œI have always believed in the holistic approach to welfare package. Thus, employeesâ€™ welfare package must include affordable housing and transportation. Our approach to employees’ package is what I call developmental approach which takes care of the basic requirements of modern human beings.
“We want to help our workers to live a better life. For me, the objective of our administration is to say that we have come; we have seen Oyo State; we have transformed it; we have reformed it; we have repositioned it, so that Oyo will come back to its Pacesetter state role.â€
While commending the partnership proposal put forward by the bank, Ajimobi said the proposal came at the right time when his administration was set to put smiles on the faces of its workers through improved welfare package.
The governor announced the setting up of a committee to work with the bank in actualizing the provision of affordable houses to the people of the state.
Ajimobi restated his readiness to serve Oyo people by ensuring total improvement in their socio-economic development, adding that he would not renege on his determination to transform and reposition the state.
While presenting the proposal to the governor, the Managing Director of the bank, Alhaji Gimba-Yau kumo, said the bank was offering N2 billion facility to construct houses for all in Oyo State.
He added that the bank had invested N730 million in the state through development loan for the construction of 216 housing units by a private developer.
The chairman of the bank, Alhaji Ademola Attah, said the Federal Government had set aside N200 billion for the recapitalisation of the FMB from which the bank intends to assist Oyo State in its housing challenges.
In his meeting with Arik management, Governor Ajimobi promised to make the state investor-friendly, stating that as an intellectual capital of Nigeria and Ibadan being the largest city in Africa, its potential for growth were immense, adding that though the potential were latent, the government was set to actualise them.
He urged Arik to ensure reliability in their flight operations and thanked the management for their thoughtfulness in paying him a visit.