BY AZEEZ SANUSI
First civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande has stressed the importance of housing in human sufvival. Jakande spoke at the 17th annual general meeting, AGM, of the Estate, Rent and Commission Agents Association of Nigeria, ERCAAN. He also urged members of the association to take advantage of the present administration’s interest in real estate, describing the future as great for ERCAAN members.
The event which had effective system and service delivery of real estate in a mega city as its theme, also had in attendance the Special Adviser to the Lagos state governor on Housing, Mr.Jimoh Ajao. He also represented Governor Babatunde Fashola who was given an integrity award which according to the body was borne out of his “proven track record of running a corrupt free and honest administration.”
Ajao was also given an integrity award while Alhaji Jakande bagged an award of integrity for laying the foundation for low cost housing in Lagos state.
Chairman of ERCAAN, Mr. Godwin Alenkhe highlighted the association’s achievements in the areas of expansion, corporate partnership, capacity building and enlightenment. Accoding to him, “our expansion drive was quite remarkable with conversion of some groups of Estate Agents from the NIREA fold to ERCAAN body.”
He explained that “the partnership concept was basically designed to improve the financial ability of the state chapter and adding value to the services of our members.” He noted that the enlightenment agenda was based on qualitative information with the print and other media organisations to expose the activities of the association and the need to fully invest in the capacity building of the members of the association through seminars and training.
Speaking on government policies in real estate, the president of ERCAAN, Mr. E.T Dare enjoined his members to embrace these policies rather than antagonise them. He also called on the national assembly to pass a law recognising ERCAAN as the authorised body for estate agents.
Dare also charged the government to enforce the law on the registration of estate agents to avoid fraud and foster recognition of members.
The General Manager, Lagos State Residential Registration Agency, LASRA, Ms Olayinka Fashola, enjoined residents of Lagos state to register for the latest exercise embarked upon by the agency. The exercise, she said, will give birth to a database that has the number of male and female residents in a certain locality and their economic capacities.