By Kingsley Adegboye
The Lagos State Government last week, gave reasons for the delay in the take-off of its home ownership mortgage scheme, HOMS. The Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje explained that the government wants to build enough houses for the people before flagging off the full implementation of the scheme.
Jeje spoke at the commissioning of Ikeja Millennium Housing Estate located at GRA, Ikeja which was renamed Emeka Anyaoku Housing Estate.
The Commissioner said the government is currently working on the modalities for the mortgage scheme which will be officially inaugurated in no distant time. He however noted that there is a mortgage arrangement for the purchase of houses in all the 23 government -owned housing estates so far completed by his ministry.
Explaining that regular structural integrity test is carried out in the existing government estates across the state to determine their fitness for habitation, Jeje however pointed out that structures discovered to be defective will be pulled down.
The Commissioner who said the completion of Emeka Anyaoku Estate is another milestone in the state’s avowed commitment to the provision of decent accommodation for the people of Lagos State, added that the estate comprises 76 units of four-bedroom Maisonettes. A further breakdown shows that the estate has 10 blocks, nine of which have eight units of Maisonettes each, while the 10th block comprises seven units.
To make estate functional and self sustaining, he said that complementary infrastructure such as well paved network of roads, car parks, mini water works, electricity and properly landscaped environment have been provided. Jeje explained that for security of lives and safety of properties of residents and visitors, the estate is protected by a perimeter fence and manned gate houses.
He listed the challenges encountered during the construction of the Emeka Anyaoku estate to include the excavation of the top soil and sand filling of the land to replace the top soil. The Commissioner said this was as a result of the fact that, the parcel of land had for a long time served as a refuse dump which made the top soil to loose with high concentration of degradable materials upon which no enduring structure can be built.
“Therefore, several soil tests were conducted as layers of soil were removed to ascertain the suitability of the land for the housing project before it commenced. Today, I make bold to say the structures you have before you will pass any integrity test and stand the test of time”, Jeje stated.