Our Housing Programme Creates Economic Opportunities For The People - Fashola
…As Governor lists creation of jobs, other multiplier effects of Lagos HOMS
Jul 10, 2014 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday handed over the Oba Lateef Adams Housing Estate in Iloro, Agege, stating that the housing programme of the administration, in addition to providing affordable, quality shelter also creates economic opportunities for the citizenry.
The Governor who spoke before the handing over of the Estate at Iloro explained that currently, a total of 193 contractors are working on the 23 different Lagos HOMS construction sites across the state. The engagement of the 193 contractors, he said, has multiplier effects such that at the last count, a total of 1,598 professionals like Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Builders are working on the sites, with an additional 2,481 artisans who are involved in welding, burglary proof, cabinet, doors, cable wires and plumbing.
He stated that at the last count those selling items like wood, sockets, blocks, and suppliers are 1,724 at the 23 sites while the number of food vendors who earn a living from selling food at the various sites came to 175.
"We are in Ibeshe, Akanimodo, Akerele, Iponri, Oko Oba, Amuwo, Ijora Badia, Ilubirin, Egan-Igando and work is ongoing there. Apart from bringing about new homes for the people, it is also bringing in new jobs", the Governor said.
He added that those who are buying new curtains and furniture into their homes are also engaged just as some people are patronising sellers of kettles, stoves for their homes which strongly shows how the All Progressives Congress (APC) is structuring development in the state.
Explaining the rationale for the involvement of government in building homes, the Governor said it is about ensuring that the people have roof over their heads.
According to the Governor, one of the innovations which the present administration brought about to the issue of home ownership in Nigeria was the introduction of mortgages which permit payments in instalments and also ensures that the purpose for building such homes are not defeated.
Fashola explained that the government wants to prevent a situation where those who already own houses do not end up being the ones who would buy up the houses, adding that anyone who already has a house should not attempt to buy homes from the Lagos HOMS for now.
He stated that last Wednesday, the fifth public draw of the Lagos HOMS scheme took place and another set of 200 new flats were made available to allottees in the scheme, informing that at the completion of the last draws, a total of 102 new flat owners emerged.
He said the scheme has been designed in such a way that whatever is left over in the number of successful allottees for a particular month would be carried forward to the succeeding month.
Noting that the completed housing units is one of the several projects which the tax being paid by residents of Lagos is being used for, the Governor said unlike the strange situation at the federal level where officers argue about how much oil revenue was actually missing, no revenue could go missing in the state.
"Our revenue in Lagos is not missing because we know what we are doing with it. The pipelines have not been punctured in this State. Whenever they say crude oil has been stolen from the pipelines, it is almost incredible that it is the same volume of crude that is stolen on a monthly basis without any form of variations. Does it mean those who steal are always measuring and once they get to a particular measure, they stop and move away. They are not even adept at telling lies", the Governor said.
The Governor, who renamed the Housing Estate after a late Oba of Agege, Oba Lateef Adams for his contributions to the community and the state during his lifetime, also recalled that a similar housing estate just handed over in Gbagada was named after a pro- democracy activist, Baba Omojola.
He recalled that Baba Omojola was one of those who stood valiantly on the side of the people when men with military jackboots were trying to perpetuate themselves in office as he fought for the enthronement of democracy but never contested for office as a Governor.
To a request for more of such housing units in the Agege area, the Governor explained to the people that the State Government would be willing to build more of such housing units provided the people can provide more land on which it would be built, adding that if government can get land that is up to 5000 or 6000 square metres or one hectare, it would build another housing estate.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Special Adviser on Housing, Mr Jimoh Ajao stated that 247 jobs were created during the process of the construction of the Oba Lateef Adams Estate and would continue to provide more housing units in partnership with the private sector to the people.
He added that the State Government has also advanced in its plans to adopt the Rent- To- Own Housing Policy which is aimed at widening access to ownership of the housing units available in the state, noting that the state is also inviting property developers to invest in real estate in Lagos.
The Governor later handed over the estate while being assisted by the widow of late Oba Adams, Olori Folashade Adams and other traditional rulers like the Olu of Agege, Oba Kamila Isiba and Onitire of Itire, Oba Lateef Dauda at the event which was graced by members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu, Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mr Florence Oguntuashe, Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba and member of the House of Assembly representing Agege, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, residents of the area and several other guests.