Lagos committed to providing affordable housing
Appeals For Protection Of State-Owned Projects, Property
The Lagos State Government is committed to providing affordable housing for residents, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Abiola Anifowose, has said.
The government has called on political leaders to ensure they not only protect state-owned property and infrastructures within their domains, they should also ensure residents also help protect these properties.
Speaking at a press briefing to announce activities lined up to mark this year’s World Habitat Day, themed, ‘Housing Policy: Affordable Homes,’ Anifowose disclosed that aside implementing programmes, such as the Rent-to-home, to promote affordable housing, the state government decided to mark the day, slated for Monday, October 9, because it wants stakeholders to come up with measures of how government could provide affordable housing to residents.
According to him, the introduction of Rent-to-Own housing policy, which allows people to pay monthly rent, leading to eventual ownership of such houses, and the reduction in prices of the housing units in government schemes across the state were geared toward increasing home ownership.
He said the people must cooperate with government in its bid to rid the state of unwholesome practices in the building sector and advised intending developers to get the necessary approval and information on the land intended to be used for such construction.
Anifowose said in all the places where the government has had course to remove structures for right of way and other developments, all the necessary stakeholders were duly carried along on the benefit of such projects to the people.
On his part, Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement to the Governor, Mr. Kehinde Joseph, addressing participants at a sensitisation programme for the political class, said every citizens, including the political class, owes it a duty not only to monitor ongoing protects in their locality, but also protect such projects after completion from abuse.
He enjoined the participants to ensure that pedestrian bridges within their areas are not turned to markets, while illegal refuse dump sites must be reported to the appropriate authority.
He also called for the protection of the newly introduced waste-bins, as it is by doing so that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode could be assisted to sustain the tempo of development in the state.
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