By Michael Adeshina
Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has reiterated his government’s promise to deliver more accessible and affordable homes to Lagosians.
The State Commissioner for Housing Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai stated this while inspecting the 1,188 housing units at Sangotedo in Eti-Osa local government area.
The commissioner said the Sangotedo project started in 2004 and was abandoned but that Governor Sanwo-Olu directed that it must be completed and ready for the use of Lagosians.
He, however, confirmed that Phase one of the Sangotedo housing units with 774 units will be delivered before the end of 2020, adding that Phase two will also be completed soon.
He said: “This particular project started in 2004, it has been abandoned for a while, the determination of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is to ensure that the 1,188 units here, divided into Phase one and two, is completed.
“The Phase one is 774 units while the Phase two is 444. Before the end of this year, Phase one will be ready and people will start moving in before the end of this year. We are already working on Phase two.”
The commissioner advised Lagosians to discredit opinions that influential backups are needed to benefit from Lagos Housing Schemes.
He stated that the housing schemes are for all Lagos residents and taxpayers irrespective of status or income.
He said: “Whatever we do is for Lagosians. These houses are for Lagosians irrespective of who we may be.
“What the governor wants is that irrespective of your status, wherever you live, you should be able to live well.
“We want Lagosians to live well in decent houses irrespective of status.”
The commissioner assured that “all you need to do is to approach the Lagos mortgage board.”
He said there were two options of outright purchase of the units or 33.3 percent of annual income for residents on the rent-to-own payment plan who are expected to make a monthly payment.
The commissioner further stated that the Ministry of Housing should be contacted for outright sales.
He, however, stated emphatically that the housing schemes do not require the help of any agent or association except the state Ministry of Housing or its mortgage board.
The commissioner added that there are challenges because the demands for Lagos Housing Schemes are high but reiterated Governor Sanwo-Olu’s readiness to make everyone happy by providing more homes.
He listed projects to be completed before the first and second quarter of 2021 to include 660 homes at Lagoshoms Odo Onosa /Ayandelu in Agbowa Local Council Development Area, Egan Igando Scheme with 630 homes, Lagoshoms LASU in Lagos State University main Campus with 36units and Laghoms Ajara in Badagry with 420 homes.