It is no news that Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been was sworn-in and his administration has begun another 4 years in office. Among the many positives of his first tenure was the tremendous success recorded in the Housing sector. Before the completion of his first 4 year term in office, governor was almost everywhere in Lagos commissioning a series of his landmark projects, among them his various housing schemes located across the state.
The most recent among the housing schemes he commissioned were the Lagos Homs Odo-Onosa/Ayandelu; a massive scheme comprising 660 home units located along Agbowa-Sagamu Road in Ikosi-Ejinrin LCDA; the Lagos Resettlement Centre made up of 144 home units which is also in Agbowa and the Ndubuisi Kanu Housing Estate. It is made up of 72 home units. Mr. Governor commissioned all these projects amounting to providing 876 affordable housing units for Lagosians in a single day.
While this great feat was being celebrated by the people, Lagos State Commissioner, Honourable Moruf Akinderu-Fatai spoke on while Governor Sanwo-Olu was committed to building more affordable housing schemes for Lagosians. Below are excerpts from his speech:
“Today’s event is another bold expression of commitment of the administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to the provision of decent homes for all the people of Lagos in all parts of the state. It is important to mention that Mr. Governor has led us all with a great sense of purpose to ensure that the completion of all ongoing housing schemes in every part of the state is attained with speed and promptness. Following his directives and his utmost support, we have been able to release 19 housing schemes to the people, with more awaiting delivery in due course.
Let me acknowledge the fact that the last four years have been positive as the state government has consistently strengthened its efforts to actualize its housing agenda. The aim is to make decent homes affordable and accessible to Lagosians irrespective of the social class or income level. The ultimate goal is to make Lagos comparable to 21st century economies all over the world in terms of availability of beautiful communities with adequate infrastructure where people can live and call their homes. The first step was to complete all housing projects set aside by previous administrations. The second strategy was to empower joint ventures or partnerships that could lead to provision of affordable homes.
Utilizing these strategies, thus far, we have completed and delivered various housing schemes across Lagos, including the Lateef Jakande Gardens in Igando; Courtland Villas, Igbokushu; Lekki Apartments, Lekki Lagos; State Affordable Public Housing Scheme in Idale, Badagry; Bayview Estate, Lekki; Sunny Ville Apartments, Nob Oluwa in Ogba; Phoenix Apartments, Ilupeju; LagosHoms Lekki Phase 1; Babatunde Raji Fashola Estate in Iponri; Prince Abiodun Ogunleye Estate, Igbogbo; B.O. Bension Estate; Sangotedo Housing Estate, Eti-Osa among others.
As a government that delivers on its promises and believes that the result of good work is more work. We are poised to do more. We know the extent of the home deficit in Lagos State. Hence, we will continue to do our best to reduce the gap.
Let me use this opportunity to encourage private investors to partner with Lagos State Government in housing delivery. The state government is doing wonderfully well but it cannot do it alone. We therefore implore you to come forward to support governmental interventions in the housing sector. This especially is important as we look forward to the next phase involving provision of mass housing.
– Jamiu Abubabar