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Fashola Hands Over Chief Anthony Enahoro Housing Estate, Says Delivering Completed Projects Stands APC Apart From PDP-Led Government
• "While we continuously deliver life changing projects to the people, PDP specializes in groundbreaking ceremonies", he says

Mar 20, 2015 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Friday cited delivery on promises as the major difference between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) saying while the former continuously delivers life changing projects to the people, the latter specializes in groundbreaking ceremonies that end in uncompleted projects.

Speaking at the official handover of Shogunro Housing Estate, Scheme 1 and 11, a Lagos Home Ownership and Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) project in Ogba, now renamed Chief Anthony Enahoro Housing Estate, Governor Fashola said over the last six years, the PDP-led Federal Government had engaged in groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate projects it was about to start while the progressive APC governments delivered completed projects to the people.

The Governor, who said he visits on- going projects only for inspection to identify and address any grey issues on such projects, added that the Anthony Enahoro Housing Estate, amongst other LAGOSHOMS units, constituted the housing model of his administration "with each block containing 12 flats of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms that are delivered on a 10-year mortgage with not more than 9.5 percent lending rate".

He said while the APC led Government was engaged in building houses and giving to residents on mortgage with affordable lending rate, the conservative PDP-led Federal Government went to the World Bank and borrowed 300 million Dollars for the country when the exchange rate was still N165 to one dollar which, according to him, would have come to a total of N40 billion for the whole country.

Giving a commitment that an APC administration in the State headed Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode would retain the lending rate at 9.5 percent, Governor Fashola said the ironic thing about the borrowing of $300 billion by the Federal Government was that the money was meant to be used to refinance mortgage.

"This translates to the fact that a beneficiary would first go to a bank to get a mortgage loan before going to get a house and then going to the Federal Government for the refinancing loan", the Governor said adding that the Lagos Housing Model was not only about building the homes and giving the beneficiaries mortgages but also creating jobs in the process.

According to him, while the construction of the Chief Anthony Enahoro Estate was on-going, 1,620 direct jobs were created by the 13 construction companies that got the contracts. These, he said, included 30 engineers, 670 artisans who worked on the site, 780 casual labourers, 120 suppliers of wood, granite, cement, wood tiles and 20 food vendors who sold food on the site.

Governor Fashola said the jobs were in addition to other consequential jobs which included that of supplier to supplier during the construction of the Estate, adding, "All these figures represent the number of jobs provided by the APC government. The question that should be posed to the PDP is "Where are your jobs".

Noting that the PDP-led Federal Government claimed that it created two million jobs which when divided among the 36 states in the federation translated to about 55,000 new jobs for the people, the Governor, who asked whether any family member of anyone in the audience got such a job with a resounding No as a response, declared that the job claim was a fallacy.

Another important difference between APC and the PDP led Government, Governor Fashola said, "is that Lagos does not have crude oil and does not collect any derivation but we live on taxes only and with it we are currently constructing homes at 26 different locations without taking any loans".

"Because the people of Lagos pay their taxes regularly our administration has not borrowed to finance the LagosHOMS but the Federal Government on its part has not accounted for the missing $20 billion", the governor said adding that the new homes springing up in different parts of the state constituted the dollars of the State Government.

He told members of the audience, "Whenever you see the malicious documentaries being beamed on some television stations, you should measure what you hear by what you have seen", adding that the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State also promised to do prefabricated houses which, according to him, "are not possible without a model of houses because it is all about importing prefabricated materials".

"Such measures will also take away jobs from local contractors just as his plans of introducing mechanized sweepers would also render many street sweepers jobless", he said adding that the 16 families that were displaced from their former structures which gave way at the housing estate have all been resettled at the new estate now.

"It is a difference between groundbreaking and dedicated implementation. It is a difference between building and providing a mortgage and providing refinancing for a mortgage. It is a difference between jobs that people can see and jobs that exist only in the office of the Minister of Finance".

"It is a difference between accountability, taxpayers' money in action and Nigeria's money in aeroplanes. It is a difference between distributing dollars for campaigns and building houses over a four-year term that can be finished for people to move in and to experience. It is the difference between a candidate who does not know the difference between the definition of slum upgrade, urban renewal and resettlement and a government that has a clear understanding of what it means to deal with these daily challenges".

"This house symbolizes democracy. It was a democratic experience that allowed you to elect me. It is that experience that gives me the privilege as your Governor to have embarked with my team on this kind of project. It is a privilege that I never take lightly and that is why I continue to say until the last day of term, you would see me in the sun and in the rain and when it rains you would not see an umbrella on my head. I would wear raincoat. Umbrella is Nigeria's problem", he said.

The Governor also announced the renaming of the Estate after late nationalist, Chief Anthony Enahoro as one of those who fought, agitated and struggled for Nigeria's democracy so that the people maybe free today.

He stated that another opportunity to demonstrate that Nigerians recognize the sacrifice of people like Chief Enahoro is by going out on Saturday to vote for the APC and vote for peace, stability and more housing estates in Nigeria.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Bosun Jeje whose address was read by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Tunji Odunlami described the successful completion of the Anthony Enahoro Housing Estate as yet another milestone in the provision of decent housing estates to residents of Lagos.

He added that the Estate which is made up of 20 residential blocks of 240 units of one, two and three bedroom flats also created a total of 5000 jobs during the construction process.

He reiterated that the new homes would increase the stock and reduce housing deficit in Lagos State just as he expressed the determination of the Ministry to work with investors to ensure provision of affordable houses to the people.

While responding on behalf of the Enahoro family, a brother of the late nationalist, Prince Michael Enahoro, expressed appreciation to the State Government for the honour to the memory of the late nationalist.

The Governor later unveiled a plaque to declare the Estate open at the event which was attended by the first Civilian Governor of the State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, some members of the State Executive Council including Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Sola Oworu, Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, Energy and Mineral Resources, Engineer Taofik Tijani and other top government functionaries.


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