Oyo State government has expressed displeasure on the undeveloped 11 hectares of land at the highbrow Samonda GRA in Ibadan with a call on investors to partner the state to develop the land to boost the economy.
The state Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated this during a tour to some state’s reserved areas and Samonda Ultra-Modern shopping Complex in Ibadan North Local Government in Ibadan.
Mr. Abiodun who noted with disdain over the unused eleven hectares of land within which the ultra-modern shopping complex was situated said the complex would be turned to an annex for the popular Gbagi market.
“The governor is not happy that these vast hectares of land is being put to waste when investors can be called in to use it for things that will help grow the State’s economy, we have gone around and see that the Samonda Shopping Complex needs some touch of revamping after which we will work towards making the complex an annex to the Gbagi market.
“The Ministry will discuss with other concerned Ministries, especially those in charge of the Gbagi market to come up with a plan for proper usage of the place as the present administration will not allow any resources of the state to go to waste, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in partnering the State on this project to come forward with ideas on how to develop the eleven hectares of land for the benefit of the State.”
He called on the landlord association of the Samonda (Aerodome) GRA to desist from distorting the plan of the estate by building on waterways and areas mapped out for recreational purposes.