By Jude Njoku
The efforts being made by the Lagos State Government to open up Lekki Scheme II received a major boost last week, when the Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola commissioned a 90-unit luxury estate built in the area by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, LSDPC.
Governor Fashola who named the Estate after Late Oba Yekini Elegushi of Ikate land, pledged that his government will vigorously address the social and economic challenges of affordable housing in Lagos State.
He stated that Lekki Scheme 11 has been provided with all the infrastructure such as electricity and good roads network that should be put in a sites and service scheme. He therefore appealed to all those who have land titles in the neighbourhood to come and develop their properties.
Flaunting the advantages of investing in the area, the Governor stated that the journey from the Lagos Central Business District is getting shorter by the day. According to him, a journey which used to take between two to four hours, now takes only about 30 minutes due to the good work being done on the Eti-Osa -Lekki road by Messrs LCC Limited.
Speaking at the brief but colourful event, LSDPC’s managing director, Mr. Biodun Oki explained that despite the Corporation’s commercial status, it developed the estate to mobilise development within the Lekki Scheme 11 which had for long, remained undeveloped despite the efforts of the State government to provide infrastructure in the area.
“As a long standing government agency in the built environment, we at LSDPC ad in times past been active in opening up new towns and settlements. Despite our present commercial status, we will continue to play our role as a development agency. This estate remains one credible evidence as the conception was motivated not much by commercial consideration, but rather by social necessity,” the LSDPC boss assured.
Oba Yekini Elegushi Estate sits on a land area of 1.760 hectares. Specifically, the estate consists of 90 units of three-bedroom flats set on 15 blocks. The flats which Mr Oki said are tastefully furnished, are fitted with wardrobes, a kitchen and an attached maid’s room.
“To service the estate, we have built a Neighbourhood Centre designed to have a mini gym, pharmacy, salon, supermarket, maintenance office and meeting rooms. The infrastructure has been well planned to reflect the terrain with well paved roads, effective drainage, generator for common facilities in the event of public supply failure and two number boreholes with water treatment plant to guarantee water supply,” Mr. Oki said.
Also provided is a recreational green area for the use of residents. There are walkways connecting the slots within the open car park to the blocks of houses.
He commended Governor Fashola who ensured that the land on which the estate is built was released to LSDPC by the New Towns Development Authority. He also lauded the Governor for providing additional access routes via the nearby Mobil Estate and for personally getting the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN to energize the estate.