The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has emerged a lifetime chairman of BSTAN Group; a housing firm based in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking at the induction ceremony held at the Ooni’s palace, in Osun State, the monarch promised to join forces with the group to fortify as well as turnaround Ile-Ife and the entire South West with proper housing plan.
Ogunwusi noted the irregularities in building construction in certain parts of the town and the country at large was one of the reasons he associated with the group to give the ancient city a facelift.
While receiving the organisation’s stakeholders under the leadership of the Group Managing Director of the group, Dr Becky Olubukola, the Ooni called on all concerned stakeholders in the housing sector to work hard towards ensuring proper housing plan in the country.
“When you look at some parts of the country, you’ll realise that most houses are built without proper planning which made adequate spacing needed for peaceful coexistence difficult.
“With this organisation, I am confident that houses will be manufactured in a proper way that it is being done globally. I am aware of the company’s ability to perform optimally and I can assure everyone that the group will bring about an outstanding development in our dear state and country at large,” he said.
Olubukola, however, expressed the firm’s ability to build modern houses at relatively low cost, urging the public collaborate with the group to contribute to the growth of the country’s housing sector.
“Our target is to build 500,000 modern and well planned houses across the South West. We are starting with Osun State, precisely from Ile-Ife. The project will serve as a signpost to what the group has achieved and also provide housing for the people in the South West.
According to her, in the last 12 years, the group has provided over 25, 000 houses in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other cities of the country, just as she noted that, the group is currently building about 12, 000 projects across the country.
She said: “Leaving everything to the Federal Government alone may not work; we believe every state government and the private sector are in the business of nation building. Housing development is a stimulant to economic and nation building. As an affordable housing advocate, if we provide a home for a family, we have solved 50 per cent of the problem of that family.”
Olubukola stressed that housing development must be taken seriously by both state and federal governments.
Nollywood actors, Funsho Adeolu, Jaiye Kuti, Ayo Adesanya and Muyideen Oladapo, who are ambassadors of the group, expressed their delight as well as noted that Ooni’s emergence would be a positive development that will impact the nation.
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