*says it has no pland to take over Bodija Eid Ground
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Sunday raised the alarm of purported plans by some elements in the state to disrupt the existing peace through religious incitement.
Specifically, the state government in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa asked the people of the state to disregard insinuations that it wants to take over Bodija Eid praying Ground.
According to the statement, contrary to the insinuation, the proposed development of the facility at the Bodija Housing Estate owned by the state government does not stop anyone from practising his/her religion.
” It is pertinent to point out that the proposed development of the Recreation Centre doesn’t in any way affect Bodija Central Mosque and the Church beside it.The peace-loving people of Oyo State are enjoined to disregard every attempt to disrupt the fragile peace of our dear State”, it said
Oyo State Government stressed that, ” it took the decision to develop the 11,435.711-square-metre open field in Bodija as a recreation facility in order to serve the purpose of the original master plan of the area and cater for the recreational needs of Bodija Estate”
It stressed that “part of the land designed as a recreation centre since the creation of Bodija Estate was used to build a Mosque and a church, while the government is only converting the remaining land to a modern recreation facility in line with the master plan.
The statement read: “The Bodija Recreation Centre is an open field located Beside Housing Roundabout, in the heart of Bodija Estate, Ibadan, which has been used over the years as a sports and recreational facility by the residents of the estate.
“The field, measuring 11,435.711 square metres, was approved as a football field and tennis court by Oyo State Housing Corporation in the master plan of the estate, and has been used for sporting and recreational activities for many years.”
It pointed out that ” in the drive, vision and mission to develop the facility into a modern recreational edifice, placed advertisements in major newspapers on August 27, 2019, to attract able, viable, tested and qualified investors and/or developers for public private partnership in the attainment of its vision for the benefit of the teeming populace of the State”.
In the statement, Oyo state government noted that “the goal of the Government is to utilize the Build, Operate and Transfer modality in partnership with Messrs Reform Construction Limited, one of the foremost sports facility companies in Nigeria for the design, construction, commissioning and management of Bodija Recreation Ground into a modern, self-sustaining, multi-purpose sports and recreational centre”, adding that, ” by the Public Private arrangement, Bodija Recreation Centre is to become one of the foremost sports and recreation centres in the entire Ibadan city with a project cost well above N500 million”.