The Lagos State Government is in talks with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and multilateral development agencies to construct 100,000 units of mass housing units across the state, according to a ThisDay report.
Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai who revealed the state’s new mass housing initiative with the UNOPS— an operational arm of the United Nations, stated: “The Office of SDGs is driving the talk alongside the Ministries of Housing and Physical Planning & Urban Renewal Development. The idea is to go vertical. With the uncontrolled influx of people, Lagos needs to meet the challenge and create the Hong Kong and Singapore scenarios. We are providing a smart solution to bridge the housing deficit in order to make Lagos a truly 21st century economy comparable to others worldwide.”
The Commissioner explained that the partnership was conceived to speedily tackle the challenge of housing deficit in the Lagos.
“In tackling this challenge, the state government is earnestly driving mass housing development headlong through collaboration with multilateral development agencies. Hence, our target is to produce homes in that magnitude so that we can make a speedy difference in the lives of our people.”
He added: “We have, in the previous years, sought smart solutions to the problem of housing deficits. The state engaged various development agencies that have track records in provision of affordable mass housing to collaborate with the state government. It is to tap into innovative technology that will speedily provide homes for the residents of the state.”
The Commissioner further disclosed the state’s resolve to renew the entire existing old housing schemes to make them decent and liveable in line with the standard, which the Sanwo-Olu administration laid down.