July 10, 2024

Housing: Lagos uncovers fraudulent acts in homeownership documents

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Housing has uncoverd increasing fraudulent act in transfer of home ownership document by allottees of various housing schemes in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Engr. Abdulhafis Toriola, disclosed this during a strategic management meeting in his Alausa, Ikeja office on Monday.

Toriola stressed that in a bid to eradicate the fraudulent act and protect the interest of allottees in case of loss of Home ownership documents, “henceforth, all applications relating to transfer of ownership are to be accompanied with evidence of Home Ownership, Search Conduct Result and a valid means of identification in cases of loss of Home Ownership Document.”

According to him,” An allottee who applies for Transfer of Ownership must accompany his/her application with letter of allocation, payment receipts and a valid means of identification to be submitted to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing.”

Toriola said the move is to ascertain the genuineness of claims of ownership by applicants for proper transfer which has become necessary following increased incidents of false claims uncovered by the ministry.

However, the Permanent Secretary, maintained that “Henceforth, Home owners applying for replacement of loss of documents must attach Home owner(s) National Identification Card (NIN card),Police Report and Loss of Document in National Newspaper to the application for processing and confirmation of ownership.”

Toriola added that, all applications relating to housing transactions in the state are to be accompanied with evidence of valid Tax Clearance Certificate of the applicant, including applicant serving in public or civil service for Application of Home unit, Change of Ownership or Loss of Home Ownership document.

He noted that all housing construction and provision of infrastructure facilities in the state are funded by tax payer’s money, adding that beneficiaries of the projects must have evidence of personal income tax.

Toriola warned that the ministry would not process any application that does not include the aforementioned documents.

He therefore, urged the citizenry to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the state government in prioritizing the completion of all ongoing housing projects in order to reduce the housing deficit in the state and the Nation at large.