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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has given out Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and other title documents to the first set of beneficiaries under the Homeowner’s Charter, an initiative of the state government introduced last December to enable homeowners regularise their legal status at a discounted rate.
The governor, while presenting the documents to ten beneficiaries at the Conference room of the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, expressed satisfaction with the interest so far shown by indigenes in the scheme and charged those who are yet to take advantage of the program to do so.
Amosun explained that the Homeowners’ Charter was part of his administration’s plan to improve the standard of living in the state through innovative policies, noting that the scheme was designed to ensure that residents of the state can have titled documents on their properties at a discounted rate and in record time.
He said this informed the decision to extend the deadline from February 28 to March 31, 2014 to enable as many residents as possible take advantage of the scheme.
The governor congratulated the beneficiaries for their decision to embrace the scheme in spite of the scepticism expressed by many when it was first announced.
“You are now real home owners, because with your C of O, you can enjoy several facilities from the banks and other institutions” Amosun said, adding that with the scheme, “government can also plan effectively for infrastructural facilities once the actual number of houses is ascertained.”.
Speaking earlier, the Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Wale Oshinowo said the presentation is proof that the government was sincere with the scheme and has proved doubting thomases wrong.
He said the success of the scheme is as a result of the collaboration between all the agencies involved and promised that the same zeal and commitment would be given to every application received.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Adeoye Akinola thanked the governor and his team for keeping to their word.
He said the gesture has further strengthened their belief in government policies, calling on other residents who are yet to take advantage of the scheme to quickly do so before the expiration of the deadline.