'We're Igniting A Smart City At Kobape Corridor Of Ogun State' - Adeyemo, Pelican Brief CEO - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, September 14, 2020

'We're Igniting A Smart City At Kobape Corridor Of Ogun State' - Adeyemo, Pelican Brief CEO

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

The agrarian community of Kobape in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, South-West of Nigeria, with its geographical coordinate of  7° 2' 0" North and 3° 27' 0" East, is set to witness a burst. 

A Smart City, the making of Pelican Brief Estate, is on the path to springing up in Masa Village in Kobape, not only to transform the socioeconomic and aesthetic landscape of this area where Oba Alani Allen Taylor is the traditional ruler, but also to redefine the real estate business in Ogun state, Southwest and Nigeria.

The planned Smart City which will sit on a large expanse of land when completed, is expected to provide access to affordable and decent housing to Nigerians, help shrink the worrisome housing deficit in the country which is estimated to be in the region of 17 million units  as of 2019 and more importantly, decongest Lagos as well as Ibadan - the two Southwest most populous cities, by helping subscribers to work and transact businesses in Lagos or Ibadan and seamlessly return to the Smart City to roost at the close of the day.

This is predicated on the fact that the nearest International Airport to Pelican Brief Estate Smart City are the Muritala Muhammed Airport(MMA), Lagos, which is a distance of 53km South and Ibadan Airport (local) in Oyo State.

Besides the airports, there are other travel options such as the emerging fast rail project of the Federal Government.

It is less than 16 minutes’ drive from the Prof. Wole Soyinka’s Train Terminus in Abeokuta. 

The new train project which is scheduled to be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari soon, is built to run 160 kilometre per hour. 

 Ebute-Meta to Abeokuta which is also less than 75 kilometres, will take the speed train just 30 minutes to Abeokuta while the Prof. Wole Soyinka train station is just 15 minutes drive to Kobape, making the total journey from Lagos to the Pelican Brief Estate's Smart City in Kobape a mere 45 minute ride.

All of these reasons informed  industry watchers' verdict that keying into Pelican Brief makes wise business sense.

It was not surprising that at the launch of the Pelican Brief Estate on a Friday this September, it evoked not a small enthusiasm among  dignitaries such as former Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Edward Ajogun, who was represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Musiliu Aliu, ex - Governor Akinrogun Segun Osob among others who hailed the initiative as one that would fast - track development in the host community, arrest rural - urban drift and complement's governments' efforts at making housing accessible to the people.

Already, the first scheme of Pelican Brief is almost sold out as previous subscribers to its forebear - Pelican Valley Estate, having realised almost 100 percent return on investment in just a year after investing, scrambled to buy into the Pelican Brief.

Pelican Brief, the Scion of Pelican Valley Estate, is the brain child of Mr. Babatunde Adeyemo, a broadcaster.

In his launch address on September 11, 2020, Adeyemo described the estate as a smart city in the making and meant to bring upwardly mobile people in Lagos and Oyo to live in Ogun state.

He said: "The Unique Selling Point of Pelican Brief remains the proximity to the major landmarks in Ogun, all seasons motorable roads as u can see beside us, the 33kva trunkline on the high-tension wire beside us is a 23 hours of uninterrupted daily power supply. 

"Pelican Brief as we speak, is one of the most sought after estate in Ogun state. This is because its easy accessibility from Lagos and Oyo States. It is less than 16 minutes’ drive from the Prof. Wole Soyinka’s Train Terminus in Abeokuta. 

"For the records, the new federal government train which was scheduled to be commissioned by the president few weeks from now, is to run 160 kilometre per hour. 

"However, Ebute-Meta to Abeokuta in less than 75 kilometres and will take the speed train just 30 minutes to Abeokuta.

"Meanwhile, the Prof. Wale Soyinka train station is just 15 minutes drive to our estates, making the total journey from Lagos a 45 minute adventure!

 "Therefore, we're targeting Lagos and Oyo states markets. We want to bring Lagos and Oyo to Ogun. We’re targeting all the terminuses in Lagos - Agege, Ebute Metta and so on.

"This simply means one can work in Victoria Island, Ebutemeta, Yaba, Agege, Ijora, Apapa and Ikeja and reside at Pelican Brief in Abeokuta. We’re also targeting the people in Ibadan too."

He also listed  many unique and attractive features about the location of the Pelican Brief Estate rural electrification project embarked upon by the administration of Chief Olusegun Osoba which installed a 33-KVA trunk line in the area, making it perfect for the  project.

"Considering all these benefits, buying a plot of land at Pelican Brief now, is an investment of N2.5 million in the nearest future. However, we have a flexible payment plan which includes down payment of 50 percent of the cost and the balance can be spread over six months," he said.

According to Adeyemo, it is not just buying a plot of land for a ridiculous amount of money in a bush and not getting necessary return on investment in 10 to 15 years that matters, but what counts is  buying land at the Pelican Brief and have the  assurance of getting over 100 hundred percent return on investment in just one year.

Earlier in his remarks at the launch, former Governor of the State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba identified lifting of rural dwellers and opening communities for rapid socioeconomic evelopments as serious business of governance, which only focused and committed Government could accomplish.

Osoba said the essence of opening up the hinterlands and making some basic amenities such as electricity available to them during his tenure  as Governor of Ogun State was not just to make life meaningful for the people, but also to discourage rural - urban drift.

Masa Village in Kobape is one of the communities in Obafemi - Owode Local Government Area of the state that has continued to enjoy steady power supply from his rural electrification project which the Octogenarian executed while serving  as Governor from 1999 to May 2003. 

Osoba, who was the Special guest of honour,  was  represented  by a former Federal Lawmaker, Kunle Adeyemi.

The ex - Governor commended the Adeyemo, describing him a a young entrepreneur committed to bringing development to Masa, Ogun State and Nigeria with real estate business.

He  also commended the journalist cum real estate operator for acknowledging his(Osoba's) rural development efforts while serving as Governor about 17 years ago.

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