Our scorecard, by housing commissioner

Last Monday, Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Gbolahan Lawal, presented his mid-term scord.

The event was the yearly ministerial briefing in Alausa, Ikeja. He said to boost supply, his ministry has prioritised the completion of its housing estates and entered into a deal with the private sector to do so.

He said the government had introduced the Rent-to-Own and rental housing policies, to make housing affordable and accessible to the citizenry. The policies, Lawal said, are targeted at low and middle income earners.

Rent-to-own Policy

On Thursday, December 8, last year, he said, Ambode launched the Rent-To-Own and Rental housing Policies aimed at ensuring that  Lagosians irrespective of status, income and affiliations have access to decent shelter to improve their quality of life. Under the scheme, individuals are required to make a deposit of five per cent of the cost of the housing unit they wish to apply for as the commitment fee and the balance is spread over 10 years. This policy allows allottees to live in the property while paying towards ownership at a fixed rent over the 10 year period.

To kickstart the scheme, the government dedicated a total of  5008 housing units in 12 housing estates spread across the state’s three Senatorial Districts. The Estates includes Sir Michael Otedola Estate, Odoragunshin, Epe,  336 units;  Chois City, Agbowa, 400 units; Alhaja Adetoun Mustapha Estate, Ojokoro, 32 units; Hon. Olaitan Mustapha Estate, Ojokoro, 48 units; Oba Adeboruwa Estate, Igbogbo- Ikorodu 256 units; Egan Igando Housing Estate, Alimosho, 684 units; Igando gardens, Igando Alimosho, 492 units; Igbogbo IIB Housing Estate, Igbogbo Ikorodu, 360units; Odo- Onosa/ Ayandelu, 660 units; Iponri Estate, Surulere, 132 units; Sangotedo Estate, Sangotedo, Eti- Osa, 1,188  units, and Ajara Estate, Badagry, 420 units. At present, about 500 Lagosians have benefited from this scheme.

Lawal explained that the policy is not just about provision of shelter, it is also about economic stimulation and empowerment. “The new homes provided will require furniture and home gadgets such as electrical/ electronic appliances etc. The increase in demand for these items is expected to stimulate production and consequently economic growth,” he explained.

The commissioner said the Rent-To-Own  programme is the cheapest and the easiest means of becoming a property owner in the state. Over 12,000 applications have been received, while 1,420 applicants from sectors, such as the public service; construction; banking and finance and informal sector have been pre-qualified.

Lawal called for the support of the allottees, urging them to assume responsibility for the estates and its facilities. He admonished them to cooperate with the facilities managers appointed by Government in ensuring that the facilities are put to good use.

“Efforts should be geared towards ensuring that the environments are kept clean always. The allottees are to ensure that they pay their rent as at when due and embrace maintenance culture. The Ministry has also taken over all abandoned Estates and working towards their completion so as to meet the need of the Rent-To-Own Policy,” he said.



Culled from The Nation Newspaper

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