A non-governmental organization, Gloryland Trust International, on Thursday, November 19, 2009, in Lagos announced plans to launch a housing scheme with a view to cater for the aged_considerate citizens after retirement.
The initiative, described by experts and initiators as revolutionary, would be a major boost towards the realization of the Nigeriaâ€™s quest for an affordable housing for citizens above sixty years (60 years), as it will further contribute to the countryâ€™s realization of the United Nationâ€™s Millennium Development
Goals on housing. Named GloryLand, the estate would be a purpose_built functional housing estate with pilot phase in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital and designed to cater for pensioners, retirees, and other Nigerian senior citizens of 60 years and above, who had laboured all their years to serve the Nigerian nation in private and public sectors.
Addressing journalist at a pre_launch press event in Lagos , Chairperson of Glory Trust International, Ms Abimbola Johnson said that Glory_land estates, the first of its kind in the country, will be initially funded through donations by public spirited people both home and abroad, as the project is conceived as a charity.Â Â On the choice of Abeokuta as the home of the Estate, Ms Johnson said it was based on certain attributes that best fits into the vision of the foundation.
These include availability of spacious and virgin land; relatively pollution free environment and prospects for future development. â€œGloryLand is conceived by us to be moderately big, as we have plans to functionally develop the Estate and Abeokuta provides the environment suitable for the realization of the vision,â€ Chief Johnson said.
According to her, Abeokuta will serve the South_West, as GloryLand Estates is planned for all the regions in the country.Ms Johnson further said that this housing initiative became necessary owing to lack of incentives in developing countries like Nigeria for senior citizens who require special care having invested their active years in service to the fatherland in various endeavours.