By YINKA KOLAWOLE
In furtherance of its Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (HOMS) aimed at facilitating home ownership for residents of the state, Lagos State government has intensified the development of housing units across the state.
The state is currently developing housing estates in line with the scheme simultaneously in all the five divisions’ across the state, in such places as Igbogbo in Ikorodu, Sangotedo, Mushin, Ilupeju,Omole, Magodo, Lekki and Badagry.
General Manager, Lagos State New Towns Develop-ment Authority (NTDA), Dr. Adeyemi Isiba, disclosed this during a tour of the on-going construction work at the site of the 492 housing units in Igando under Lagos HOMS. He said the estate consists of 41 blocks of 12 flats of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, with functional infrastructure like a mini-water treatment plant, a central sewage treatment plant, laundromat with solar drying room and refuse disposal point for each of the block which would be serviced through an alley which goes all around the estate to service the flats.
According to him, the vision to design each block to consist of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats was to facilitate mixed co-habiting amongst different social class in the society. This, according to him would further promote social harmony and peaceful co-habiting among low, middle and high income groups in the society.
“The implication of this is that with these housing estates, when completed in the next 18 months, this administration would have provided more housing units than what any other administration has been able to provide in Lagos State,” he said.
On a recent tour of three of the housing estates under construction, Governor Babatunde Fashola explained that the delay in the take-off of the scheme was to enable contractors handling the various building projects complete more houses before the commencement of allocation to subscribers.
According to him, this is to ensure that the scheme delivers homes to as many Lagosians as possible from the onset. He said the Ilupeju site consists of 10 blocks – each having 12 apartments to be allocated to 120 households; Mushin has five blocks, while the Ikeja GRA scheme has a total of 76 apartments for 76 households, “with many others in other parts of the state”.
Isiba noted that the Igando project is being developed to function as an independent community on its own with sustainable facilities that would make life more meaningful to its inhabitants, with provision for school, worship centres community centre, basketball court, shopping mall as well as lot of green area.
He decried the slow pace of work exhibited by some of the contractors handling the project, noting that some aspects of the project are behind schedule. He directed the project managers to ensure that contractors work extra hours to achieve prompt and timely delivery, if need be.
The NTDA boss asserted that the project, aside from its potential to improve the standard of living of future residents, will also generate employment for the estate managers who will be engaged to manage the facilities put in place. Lagos HOMS is a home ownership scheme that affords first time home buyers resident in Lagos State the opportunity to own their homes. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage first time home buyers with verifiable source of income to own their own houses.