By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
GOVERNOR Simon Lalong of Plateau State has in line with his Five Year Development Strategy approved for the establishment of seven (7) additional proposed layout in the sate to help meet the housing needs of citizens.
The state Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Yakubu Dati disclosed this recently, shortly after leading the layout Acquisition Committee of the ministry to inspect sites in 5 locations in Jos, the state capital.
The commissioner said, “this is part of our strategy as Ministry of Lands, Survey and Town-Planning in line with the five (5) year development strategy, developed by the Lalong led administration.
Part of our achievable milestone is to be able to go into Public, Private, Partnership (PPP) in selecting layouts to be able to cater for the needs of the state, especially when it comes to land allocation and availability.
“We have been able to, for the first time, receive approval of seven (7) layouts by the govenor. This is unprecedented. Out of the seven (7), five (5) are for residential layouts, while two are for industrial layouts and this also is part of our strategy of opening up the state for investors to partner with the ministry for us to develop proper roads and facilities to avoid urban slums,” he highlighted.
Dati, however, explained that apart from the essential services that this brings when there are emergencies, the government was looking at where modern facilities will be built, adding that these layouts would cut across medium income earners, high income earners and low income earners for it to fit into the three point policy thrust of this administration which has to do with caring for people at all levels.
Meanwhile, the commissioner also disclosed that they have been able to process over eight hundred and seventy-five (875) R of Os and about one hundred and eighty-four (184) C of Os and called on those who have not received their R of Os and C of Os to come and collect theirs.