Over 10,000 benefit from Home Owner’s Charter Programme, get C of Os

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By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
Ogun State Government  has disclosed  that about 10,000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) have been issued to different beneficiaries of the Homeowner’s Charter Programme since its commencement in the last three years.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Adewale Osinowo, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Olufunmilayo Dada disclosed this during the budget performance visit to the Ministry by members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Osinowo noted that the programme had been of immense benefit to homeowners as a means of collateral to obtain loan to finance other concerns, adding that houses that had been registered through the programme had boost the real estate sector in the State.
He also explained that the programme had achieved its set objective of processing title documents at highly discounted rate without stress to the beneficiaries.
He called on applicants who had changed their contact addresses and phone numbers to get in touch with the Ministry to avoid delay in the issuance of their documents.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms Adenrele Adesina, said to ensure effective implementation of the 2016 budgetary, allocations to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government remains sacrosanct notwithstanding the socio-economic challenges confronting the state and the nation at large.
Adesina represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Hassan Adekunle   said emphasis was being placed on prompt remittance of monthly revenue generated upon which the request for funds by every agency was based.
He pointied out that the ministry had communicated to all MDAs on the rendition of fixed assets domiciled in each agency with a view to harmonizing the State government fixed assets.
The Commissioner hinted that the state project support unit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had secured the 2015 Community Grant Scheme for participating Local Government Areas with the payment of the counterpart funding of N24,671,511.44, adding that the preliminary exercise were almost completed for the project execution.
On his part, the State Accountant General, Mr. Mukaila Olaiwola said that his office had ensured efficient monitoring of revenue through constant reconciliation to prevent leakages adding that the agency had generated over N31m between January and July this year.

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