By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government is set to reinvigorate its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Data Centre in the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning (MUPP), to enable easy access to the status of their building plan applications.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban and Physical Planning, Tpl Olatunji Odunlami, disclosed this at the Treasury Board meeting on the 2020 Budget presentation, held in Abeokuta.
He said the development became necessary to curb the bottlenecks and needless waste of time associated with accessing or submitting applications for approval processes.
He added that the Centre would be 21st Century compliant to enable effective and efficient processes and timely delivery of services to people in the State and diasporas, who were willing to develop their landed properties, expressing optimism that the move would prevent erection of illegal structures in the State.
The Special Adviser also urged the government to speed up the work on provision of master plan to enable the State have proper planning for physical development, rather than relying only on regional plan that was designed for the period of 2005-2025, saying the document, when in place, would provide layout guide to the future growth and development of specific regions in the State based on peculiarities.
According to him, “Urban and Physical planning is the bedrock of development in any state, having a master plan would guide future action of a community, I believe the present administration can make it work” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Nafiu Adebiyi appealed to the government to assist the Ministry overcome its challenges by providing more befitting Zonal office accommodations and vehicles in the state to make their work easier and faster in order to meet up with the demands for its services and improve on revenue generation.