Four hundred and eighty units of various categories of flats have been added to the stock of housing in Lagos as part of efforts to bridge the housing deficit in the State.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who inaugurated the houses at the LagosHOMS, Ibeshe Phase 1, Ikorodu, named the scheme, B.O Benson, in memory of a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and Baba Oba of Ikorodu, Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson who died some months ago, close to his 89th birthday.
The Governor also performed the
ground breaking of LagosHOMS Ibeshe Phase two, and pledged that that his administration would continue to provide decent homes at affordable prices to the populace and urged allotees of the houses in the scheme to take good care of it for the State to be able to do more.
“I wish to say that in the past two and half years, we have been earnestly addressing the huge housing deficit in the State. It is important to note that the gap in supply and demand of homes is not peculiar to Lagos State. Accommodation deficit is a challenge associated with all urban cities in the world. Our utmost goal is to build homes within livable surroundings and to create livable communities where our values are protected and are cherished. Houses are good but homes are the ultimate. In developing and completing these schemes we are putting in mind the total wellbeing of the people . I will want to implore all the prospective allottees of this new scheme to ensure that it is well maintained and kept in good state . Kindly take good care of the facilities so that this legacy can be an enduring one. For those who are still waiting for the home ownership opportunity, it wont be for too long before your dreams will be attained. We are still working and I believe that with the help of God and your support, we still achieve more together” he said
Pointing out that direct and indirect jobs were created during the construction of the scheme, Governor Sanwo-Olu stated his administration had so far completed thirteen major housing schemes spread across the State and by the time he would be marking his third anniversary in office, 7000 homes would have been provided for Lagosians.
The Governor restated his administration’s resolve to build a workers’ City in Imota for Civil servants and urged the traditional rulers in the Ikorodu division to liaise with the Federal Government for the development of the land belonging to the Voice of Nigeria into a housing estate
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai announced that the State government had been partnering with stakeholders in the built sector for residents to feel the positive impact.
The BO Benson scheme is located close to the shoreline in Ibeshe and intending home owners have the option of mortgage and outright purchase through the Lagos Mortgage Board and the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, LSDPC.