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Lagos housing schemes for the rich only

The Lagos State government seem to be paying lip service to provision of affordable housing after all, going by the prices of houses at its millennium housing schemes across the state.

Buyers must be prepared to cough out a whopping N14 million to acquire a three-bedroom flat at any of the Lagos State Millennium Housing Schemes in Ojokoro II and Iloro in Agege.

State Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Dele Onabokun, who disclosed that the Ojokoro and Iloro schemes which are about 90 per cent completed, however noted that a 3_bedroom flat in any of the estates would cost between N13 and N14 million.

He said that apart from the Ojokoro and Iloro schemes, other projects are ongoing in Ikeja GRA and Gbagada Scheme II, as well as the Egan/Igando scheme. Though Onabanjo did not disclose the cost of the Ikeja and Gbagada schemes, but it is generally expected to cost more than the N14 million for Ojokoro and Iloro schemes.

He said that the Ojokoro II scheme, which was initiated in October 2008, is constructed on a total area of 1.487 hectares and comprises 80 units of 8-in-1, 3 bedroom flats, lock up shops, recreational area, a facility manager office with ample parking lot as well as drainage channels and roads that have been completed, while the Iloro scheme, which was initiated in September 2008, comprising four blocks of 8-in-1 three bedroom flats (32 units), is virtually completed.

“About 90% progress has been achieved on this scheme. It is expected that the estate would be commissioned along with Ojokoro Estate before the end of the year,” he said.

The Ikeja GRA scheme is one of the housing projects inherited on assumption by the present administration, said Onabokun, adding that it was formerly designed to accommodate 60 units of three bedroom maisonettes.

“It has been redesigned to accommodate 76 units of four bedroom maisonettes and construction works commenced in January 2009. The building and infrastructure works are presently about 70% progress and the ministry aims at completing the project by the third quarter of this year. The Gbagada II scheme is one of the inherited projects that suffered a temporary setback. The scheme consists of 88 units of four bedrooms and 4+1 bedroom maisonettes.

Construction works commenced in May 2009 and almost a year after, progress attained is about 65%. The ministry’s target is to complete the project by the last quarter of this year,” he said.

The commissioner noted that the Egan/Igando scheme consists of 1,248 units of two and three bedroom flats divided into four phases. “The scheme is also an inherited one. The ministry is undertaking its completion in partnership with the Lagos Building Investment Corporation [LBIC] and work is already at an advanced stage on Phase 1 of the Project,” he said.


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