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Ambode Surprises Mushin Residents, Hands Over 60 Flats To 60 People

Hon Commissioner for Housing Prince Gbolahan Lawal cutting the tape during the handover ceremony
As part of efforts in making sure that it expands the opportunities for a whole number of Lagosians to come into the housing ladder thereby become home owners, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme has handed over keys of various apartments to the 60 allottees of Mushin scheme.

While delivering his key note address at the hand-over ceremony, Honourable Commissioner for Housing, Prince Gbolahan Lawal Who represented the Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, noted that as a way of ensuring that the commitment of the last Administration as regards mortgage scheme yielded results, over 600 people have so far benefited from the scheme.

According to him, “In handing-over the keys to the allottees, it is a promise made and also a promise kept.” He stated that many major stakeholders in power sector were contacted in a bid to ensure that electricity was supplied to the Mushin scheme.

The Commissioner stressed further that Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s Administration is a government of continuity with improvement, adding that the handing-over is fulfillment of the promise made by the Governor on assumption of office that all the projects started by his predecessor in the housing sector will be completed.

He said, “And that is all we have been doing in the last one year to making sure that we complete all our estates and as a matter of fact we are working on 19 estates across the State while we are also committed to completing all of them.”

Gbolahan noted that Mortgage scheme is not new to government in Nigeria while as at today Lagos State is the only State that has the largest stock of housing units with over 9,000 new units.
He disclosed that the State Government in the last two months has handed over 3 new housing schemes such as Oko-Oba, MKO Abiola Estate with Mushin being the third in the series. He emphasized that even at that the State Government is advancing and not stopping there.
He also revealed that as part of efforts in making housing affordable to a lot of people, the Administration has made provision to cover everybody irrespective of economic status while stressing that the State Government is committed to making sure that home ownership is not restricted to a privileged few but that it becomes a right of everybody.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Architect Folusho Dipe stated that the Mushin scheme project commenced in year 2012 and comprises a total of five blocks of 60 units of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats. He said the completion of the estate is in line with the policy of continuity with improvement of the State Government as the Administration of Governor Ambode is determined to ensure that Lagosians are provided with decent, qualitative and affordable housing.
Also speaking at the event, the General Manager, Lagos State Mortgage Board, Mr. Dehinde Tunwashe expressed gratitude to all the stakeholders for all their efforts towards the successful completion of the scheme. He also thanked the allottees for their patience and cooperation. He therefore enjoined them to take ownership and ensure proper maintenance of the facilities within the estate.

Tunwashe however enjoined Lagosians to key into the rent-to-own mortgage scheme recently introduced by the State Government to make housing cheaper and more affordable at five percent initial deposit and six percent interest rate spread over a period of 10 years.

Kayode Abayomi
Public Affairs Officer (Lagos State Mortgage Board)