LAGOS — The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has berated the Lagos State House of Assembly for passing of Rent Bill into laww, saying the law cannot stand the test of time.
In a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Mr Gani Taofeek, the party said the resources put into the said bill and others like Private Schools Guidelines are “indeed wastages and diversionary.”
The party argued that the House should know that the actual reason for high cost of rents in the state is “because the executive has derailed in its responsibility to provide affordable housing for Lagosians.”
It, however, urged the state government to focus on uplifting the lives of Lagosians just as it enjoined house owners to be considerate while fixing house rents.
It said “the moment the State recognizes actual need of Lagosians, like building affordable housing, the houses built by landlords will become unattractive. In the Meantime, the Party has admonished house owners to see their positions as God blessing and therefore consider the poor.”
Also, the party blamed the Aguda market fire incident and loss of properties to the late arrival of men of the Lagos State Emergency Agencies.
Besides, the party called for a probe of the incident just as it commiserated with shop owners who lost valuables to the fire.
The party said “we sympathize with Lagosians who may have lost valuables in the recent fire incident that gutted the popular Aguda market in Aguda, Surulere. We blame the colossal loss on the late arrival of the Lagos State Emergency Agencies, especially the men of the Lagos State Fire Service.
While we call for proper investigation into the direct and indirect cause(s) of the fire, we also hope that the incident will not be opportunity to dislodge shop owners, but to ensure that shop owners repossess their shops and indeed at affordable prices.”