Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has formally completed two housing projects in Surulere and Eti Osa in line with his administration’s effort to close the deficit in the provision of comfortable housing scheme in Lagos State.
The inauguration followed the commissioning of a 252-unit flat in Idale, Badagry. The Surulere and Lekki housing schemes which are 132-unit LagosHOMS projects at Iponri in Surulere area, and 84-unit Lekki Phase II housing project in Ikota, along Ajah, were delivered through a joint venture between the Ministry of Housing, STB Mortgage Bank and Lekki Ultimate Company Limited.
The Governor announced: “Today, we are gathered to mark yet another fulfilment of our promises in the housing sector. At the inception of this administration, we pledged to provide decent shelter for the people. This promise was made out of the conviction that housing is one of the basic needs of humans and a critical factor that determines quality of life.
“In the past months, a lot of efforts had gone into completing many of the housing schemes inherited from past administration. While some of these projects are funded through budgetary allocations, others are being financed through joint venture with our development partners.
“It is with great pleasure that I perform the commissioning of LagosHOMS Iponri by which we are adding 132 homes to the housing stock in this area. Through the same joint venture, we have delivered another 84-unit Lekki Phase II Housing Scheme in Ikota, Ajah. These feats marks successful collaborative effort geared towards bridging the housing deficit in the State.”
The 132-unit Iponri Housing Scheme was named after Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola –former Lagos State Governor and current Minister of Works and Housing, who initially launched the project.
The comforting features in the two schemes include water reticulation plant, central sewage treatment plant, street light, and leisure facilities, among others. The scheme delivered 44 units of single-bedroom, 44 units of two-bedroom and 44 units of three-bedroom flats in Iponri, while the Lekki Phase II scheme consists of 28 units each of single-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.
According to the Governor, the LagosHOMS projects, being supervised by his administration, were launched to give citizens comfort through stress-free ownership structure and mortgage scheme.
“Comfortable houses should not only be for the affluent; more convenient ownership packages would be introduced to make more people come on the home ownership ladder, regardless of socio-economic bracket,” He said.
He added that his Government is also generating ideas on how it would increase affordability and access for low and middle income families.
Sanwo-Olu charged more private investors to partner with the State Government in addressing the housing deficit, while also reiterating his administration’s willingness to make unencumbered land available for housing development by private investors on the basis of mutually agreed terms.
Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, assured that the Government would leave no stone unturned in providing decent and affordable shelters to all categories of residents in the State.