Gbenga Adewale

The Lagos State Government has revealed its commitment to create an affordable housing scheme for Lagosians with low income earnings.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos,Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat disclosed this on Monday during his keynote address at the Lagos celebration to commemorate the World Habitat Day held at the Adeyemi Bero hall,by the Ministry of Physical planning and Urban development, that Lagos would have improved on total housing stock that is closed to 3000 of 4 units with the completion of delivering an additional 7000 scheme comprising of 2268 units to making home affordable to lagosians at making Lagos a 21st century economy.

The Deputy Governor expressed that it is worthy of note that Lagos is committed to the full implementation of Rent to own policy aimed at achieving the objectives of making housing affordable and accessible to all Lagosians in respective of their incomes provided and being documented.

The Deputy Governor stated that under the same policy in the Lagos housing scheme about 1303 Lagosians have become Home owners at Oba Adeburuwa Lateef Jakande in Epe housing scheme as well as Lagos has taken concrete steps to increase the housing stocks in the state through the combined efforts of the Ministry of Housing,Lagos State property development cooperation and Lagos State Building Investment cooperation in developing affordable housing units to the civil population.

The Guest Speaker,Dr. P.M. Tunde Reis spoke extensively on the importance of building housing for all without being faulty while analysing on the theme of the programme “Housing for all : A better urban future” that the particular place where he would like to see leadership in our industry was the need to include 4 pillars in building housing to deliver housing in Lagos State because he had seen a woman who build one block of 4 flats in every year that even inefficient contractor equally continued to build in the same way.

He thereby urged the government to engage in the modern technology and partner with the private sector and find out the demand to achieve it as the government can not do it alone.

The Participant from the Light House Estate,Lekki,Mr.Hassan Fajimife said government should consider that Rural area can be upgraded to the Urban in order to achieve the Housing for all but it does not need to drive away the people in the rural areas to create urban future.

He explained that government must opt its game in terms policies and enforcement as there had been some enforcement made partially to suit themselves. While the government needs to understand that if everybody comply with the government regulations the housing for all would be achieved and its needs to ensure that housing provided are also for low income people because everybody need shelter and when shelter goes round, the Rich ones at their castles would sleep safely with their eyes closed. He added that COVID 19 pandemic had taught everyone that we are for each other.

The Commissioner for the Ministry of Physical planning and urban development, TPL. Dr. Idris Okanla Salako disclosed the ongoing achievement of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo olu on repositioning of LASURA to reduce the number and incidences of Slums with Strategic Approaches,not limited to Institution al Restructuring, preparation of LASURA regulations and operative guidelines,partnership with external support agencies, urban regeneration programmes and preparation of Lagos Island North Model City plan.

He enunciated that Lagos State is very proud to celebrate this age long tradition of deliberations and events on urban sustainability and indeed elated to synopsize the achievements of the Administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu in this regards. He enunciated. While he explained that the world over housing has assumed different dimensions to the extent that the developing Nations are still contending with making it available in its typical forms,while most of the advanced Nations are tending towards energy efficient buildings; a paradigm shift that is noble to the cause of humanity.

The Commissioner enlightened that the State is in good alignment with the key aspects of the United Nation’s Right to Adequate Housing which includes the right to adequate housing containing freedoms,the right to adequate housing contains entitlements ; Adequate housing must provide more than 4 walls and a roof as well as protection against forced evictions.”

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