Lagos promises to reduce housing deficit

The Lagos state Government has promised to increase private sector partnership to reduce housing deficit and deliver its mandate of affordable, decent mass housing to residents of the state.

A statement issued over the weekend by the Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Housing, Ms Adeola Salako, quoted the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, as making the assertion while addressing journalists in Lagos.

Akinderu-Fatai said there was the need to frontally address the challenges of housing deficit in the state.

He said: “Noting the importance of housing to the well-being of the citizens, we are committed to deploying strategies that could speedily bring an increase in decent homes in the state.

“One of the strategies is to strengthen the existing collaboration with Private Sector Participants and foster a good environment for new investors to come on board,’.

The commissioner, who said the existing Joint Venture Partners had contributed to the reduction of the housing deficit in the state, stated that a total of 244 homes in two schemes, notably Courtland Luxury Villas, Igbokushu, and Lekki Apartments were delivered through private sector collaboration in May 2020.

He noted that Joint Venture Housing schemes located at Iponri, Lekki Phase 2 and Idale, Badagry, with 468 home units of various dwelling types were already completed, adding that they were ready for inauguration.

Akinderu-Fatai said the present administration was committed to reducing the housing deficit in the state through timely adequate budgetary allocation.

“If you recall, the state government released 492 homes at Igando in 2019. I am delighted to report that 360 units will soon be commissioned at LagosHOMS Igbogbo 2B with LagosHOMS Sangotedo (first cluster of 774 units) and LagosHOMS Odo-Onosa /Ayandelu (660 units)set to be delivered in due course, too.

“Others schemes receiving attention include LagosHOMS Sangotedo (second cluster) 444 units, LASU Quarters (32 units), Egan-Igando (684 units ) and Ajara (420 units,’’ he said.

The commissioner said the Lagos State housing units were highly subsidised and urged subscribers to take advantage of the convenient payment mode of the Rent-to-Own Scheme.

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