The Lagos PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) has pledged to restructure laws and policies in real estate sector to protect stakeholders and attract huge investors into the sector if elected.
Adediran in company of party leaders made the pledge when his campaign train toured 12 electoral wards n Somolu Local Government, seeking support from various groups and associations in forthcoming elections.
In an interactive session with the leadership and members of the Estate, Rent & Commission Agents Association of Nigeria (ERCAAN), Adediran said that several unwholesome practices had stiffled development and investment in the sector.
Adediran said that he was determined to end hardship real estate practitioners and stakeholders were going through in the state in the area of delays in getting building permits, Certificate of Occupancy and all illegal practices.
The governorship candidate added that the state, residents as well as investors had suffered a lot from corruption, sharp practices and a situation where round pegs were not put in round holes in the industry, saying “these have cost the state a lot of lives and property also”.
Adediran said that the current system had allegedly allowed so much lapses, illegalities, irregularities, extortions and corruption.
“We are going to put an end to all these. All is about policies and leadership, which I will provide,” the candidate said.
He said that his plan was to automate most of the government processes for effectiveness and efficiency to end all hardships.
“We are just going to be deliberate about governing real estate because this is affecting the economy of the state.
“I know many of you have gone into debt because of delays in processing papers and corruption.
“We know the kind of corruption going on in the sector, I will come in and put a stop. I will end all the cutting of corner,” Adediran said.
He promised to engage real professionals in the sector in various positions in the industry who would not tolerate mediocrity and sharp practices, “competent people will be engaged”.
“I will make sure people who understand the job are put there. We shall engage people who understand the nitty-gritty of the trade,” he added.
According to him, every unqualified people that have found their way into the sector will be removed to protect lives and property.
Stressing that no one could govern well a place or a state he did not know very well, hence his decision to tour all electoral wards to see and know the challenges people he intended to govern were going through.
“I am speaking to you in my own integrity. I cannot promise what I cannot to. I will reform the real estate sector to help the people of the state.
“In my integrity, I will address all your challenges. It is a leadership issues and we have to be deliberate about it. We shall restructure all laws in the sector,” he said.
Urging members of the association to mobilise votes for PDP, Adediran promised to fulfill all the desire of the members while also helped them actualised their dreamed secretariat in the state.
Earlier, the National President, ERCAAN, Mr Godwin Alenkhe, (EFA) said that members of the association were going through a lot of challenges in the state, affecting smooth operation.
Alenkhe, who appealed to Adediran to give all laws and policies a ‘human face’ if he won the election, added that efforts must be made to end all extortions and corrupt practices.
Calling for partnership, the estate expert called on the PDP candidate to also carry members of the association along in all his policies in the sector.
Similarly, Adediran, at the interactive session with the League of Imam and Alfas at Ahamadiyah Central Mosque, Ladi Lak in Bariga LCDA, said that God had told him that if given the power, it would be in the masses’ interest.
Commending Islamic clerics for receiving him, the PDP candidate, who called for partnership, urged them not to sit on the fence.
If we do not do anything, our condition will not change. I believe that God is Supreme and decides who to give power,” Adediran said.
Speaking, Imam Abdul-Kabir Elewukumasi, one of the Speakers in Somolu Central Mosques, who said religious leaders were fathers to all politicians, urged Adediran not to reneged on his pledge to God and to the people.
The Imams and Alfas took turns to pray for Adediran and his campaign train.
In an interactive with Printers Association in Somolu, Adediran pledged better tomorrow and business environment for the printer and end the regimes of multiple taxation.
“We understand what is wrong with business terrain especially issue of taxation and power supply.
“In Somolu we can generate power and use it for ourselves. We shall deal with all these issues when we get into office.
“I don’t have to increase your tax to get more money but only need to provide an enabling environment for business to thrive and for more people to be brought into the tax net,” he said.
He called for partnership with the members of the association, urging the association to vote for all PDP candidates.