Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:19 pm
The Oyo State Government has said that the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) would now be processed under 60 days if proper documents are submitted by land owners in the state.
The State Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Isaac Omodewu stated this during an Inter-Ministerial briefing saying that the era of infinite processing period for C of O was a thing of the past.
He urged members of the public to desist from patronizing agents for any transaction whatsoever, adding that the government is running an open door policy to facilitate the smooth process and issuance of C of O for interested publics and consequently called on fuel stations in the state that have not been approved by the government to get proper approval at the ministry as illegal fuel stations would be demolished.
Omodewu further said that the State Government is set to increase internally generated revenue, IGR through landed properties, pointing out that the government has created a new Government Reserved Area (GRA) behind the high court, Ring Road and that more GRAs are still coming up in Oyo/Ibadan express as well as Lagos/Ibadan express way.
Similarly, transport unions in the state have been advised to work together in order to guide the activities of motor parks and garages to enhance revenue generation for the government and the sustenance of peace in the state.
The State Commissioner for Works and Transports, Mr. Wasiu Dauda, who said this during the stakeholders meeting with members of the transport unions, also noted that there would be a policy aimed at generating revenue on transport system and equally monitor the daily activities of the unions for the sustenance of peace and protection of lives and properties.
In his remarks on how to generate funds into government coffers, the State Chairman of Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Prince Kehinde Adeyemo stated that state government should have biometric data of all personnel at the motor parks and garages and called for proper management of annual remittance of tax by both unions for the development of the state.
Prince Adeyemo suggested that a Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) should be set up to oversee the operational framework of transport unions to ensure peaceful co-existence, saying that transport unions can also assist the government on developmental projects through constructions and maintenances of roads within and around the state.
The state chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde pledged the unions’ unalloyed support to the government and promised the union’s partnership with the state government in its programmes and activities.