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LASG Set To Complete All Outstanding Housing Schemes In The State

R-L: Perm Sec, Ministry of Housing Mr Olatunji Odulami, DGM Lagos Mortgage Board, Mr Bayo Foresythe, DGM (Operations) Mrs Omobola Fashola

The coordinating Ministry for all housing projects in Lagos State, Ministry of Housing has held a press conference to explain to winners of Mushin, Igando and Sangotedo housing schemes under the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) on the reason keys to their apartments has not been released to them.

Speaking at the conference, held on the 4th of September, 2015 at Lagos Building Investment Company (LBIC Building), CBD road Alausa Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing TPL Olatunji Odusoga Odulami attributed the delay to the restructuring and realigning of ministries in the State to better serve the people, which has slowed down the pace of work at project sites. He commended the winners for their patience having waited this long.

The PS said he was aware that some winners ought to have moved into their apartments but have not been given such privileged due to delay in handing keys to them, this however necessitated him to call a press conference in order to dialogue with winners and also dispel some of the rumours circulating in the press and social media, which were being peddled by some winners.

Speaking further, he said the Lagos Mortgage Board (custodian of Lagos HOMS) in the recent time past had successfully allocated apartments to winners of other schemes such as Ilupeju, Shitta-Surulere, Ojokoro-Ifako Ijaiye, Iloro-Agege, Anthony Enahoro housing estates just to mention few.

He said the Mortgage Board had envisaged that Mushin, Igando and Sangotedo housing schemes would have been fully ready before winners completed their documentation processes but this plan however, did not work out.

Addressing newsmen, representatives of the winners and the management of the Lagos Mortgage Board (LMB), the PS said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had directed the ministry of housing to do a proper review of all ongoing housing projects in the state with a view to completing them, assuring that by September end, winners of LagosHOMS Mushin scheme which is 95 percent completed will be receiving the keys to their apartments. He further said the ministry regret to have disrupted what so ever plans the winners might have initially had.

He added that Igando and Sangotedo are huge housing schemes hence, work will be done on them simultaneously with other housing projects and completed in phases for people to move in with the hope that by September end, Igando should be almost ready.

He reiterated that housing projects that has been applied for and equity paid on, under Lagos HOMS has been placed on priority list and as they are completed, the public would be notified through various communication channels.

To make the estates conducive for winners, quality services would be provided through facilities manager that will be hired to maintain the estates and also serve as a contact person between the occupants and the government, he said.

One of the Lagos HOMS Mushin winners said he was elated that eventually, they will be getting their keys by September end. He appealed to other winners to be patient that government will keep delivering on its promises.

The PS assured all winners that LASG will continue to deliver quality houses to its people stressing that due to transparency of the Lagos HOMS, there has been a lot of pressure on government to keep rolling out houses saying no amount of pressure will now make government put up houses not fully completed. He emphasized that houses will now be 100 percent completed with necessary facilities before they are put up for bid under the mortgage scheme.

“LASG will continue to strive in its efforts to reduce the housing deficit which is evident in 29 project sites across the state. When there is change of government, capital projects would be affected as it was only natural for the new government to review previous projects. Most of the housing projects were planned based on oil revenue but despite a decline in oil revenue, Lagos will continue to deliver quality and affordable houses to the people due to its huge IGR. Governor Ambode’s government is about continuity with improvement”, the PS said.