By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for joint monitoring of the Real Estate Sector to curb quackery, unlicensed operators and protect citizens against unprofessional practices in the market in restoring sanity in the sector.
Speaking on Tuesday at the Third Lagos Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibition, themed: “Town Hall Meeting on the Lagos Real Estate Emerging Markets- Mitigating the Potential Risks” held at Victoria Island, Lagos, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, stressed the need for collaboration as government alone cannot do it alone considering the huge real estate transaction going on in the state.
Sanwo-Olu, said the emerging trends and practices in the sector in recent time called for increased vigilance on the part of all genuine practitioners and the government in view of the rate of reported cases of dubious acts by some real estate agents; who are taking undue advantage of the market which has become one of the fastest growing in Nigeria and Lagos State in particular as a result of increasing population.
The Governor, added that the sector can be a floodgate of Economic prosperity to the State and Stakeholders when potential risks are minimal in the Sector, hence the need to restore public confidence and safeguard investments of citizens within the sector.
He said the government through its regulatory agency, Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) has defined minimum operational standards and guidelines for citizens to abide by, adding that the guidelines provide a comprehensive checklist for the citizens to correctly identify and have a competitive list of registered individuals/organizations to avoid doing business with unregistered Real Estate practitioners in the system.
He, therefore, pleaded with Lagosians and everyone interested in the real estate business to be cautious in any financial transaction they engage in by fact-checking the track records of the organizations they are dealing with; to ascertain if the individual/organization is registered with LASRERA and other relevant government Agencies in the built sector.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, stated that the state government was determined to ensure sanity is restored to the state’s Real Estate Environment with the review of LASRERA Law 2022 which aimed to protect investors against any potential risks and also to prosecute individuals or organizations, amongst other laws.
Benson-Awoyinka added that as an integral part of Real Estate, government regulations must address the ethical standards of potential risk in terms of losses for the protection of the citizenry’s investments.
She stressed that as professionals/stakeholders in Real Estate, the Market must be rebuilt so that investors/investees’ confidence can be restored and ensure that the state government’s vision of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy conforms to the international best practices in real estate and not be a stand-alone in the market.