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Contractors get deadline for Lagos housing scheme

By Bertram Nwannekanma
30 December 2019   |   2:52 am
Contractors and organizations handling construction and related tasks at Sangotedo housing Scheme 1 in Etiosa local council have been requested to return to site with immediate effect in order to effect the delivery of the homes in the estate ...

Contractors and organizations handling construction and related tasks at Sangotedo housing Scheme 1 in Etiosa local council have been requested to return to site with immediate effect in order to effect the delivery of the homes in the estate within the next three months. Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai made the demand at a meeting with contractors and other stakeholders of the housing sector in his office .

He pointed out that the meeting was held to announce the intention of the government to add to the housing stock available in the state through the immediate completion of LAGOSHOMS Scheme 1. He further said that the meeting was also to deliberate on challenges that could impede the completion of the project and to jointly seek workable solutions for the envisaged problems.

In response, the representatives of the contractors spoke about funding and the need to accommodate fluctuations based on the fact that the project had been delayed for a while. But the Commissioner stated in his response that the state government has made arrangements for payment of outstanding financial commitments that are genuine and relevant to the project.

“The state government is committed to the speedy completion of the project, hence adequate financial approval has been given to its timely completion, including outstanding payments owed on job already done ,” Akinderu-Fatai said. The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Wasiu Akewusola also indicated that payments will only be made after due assessment of the readiness of individual contractors to continue the work as well as an evaluation of the capacity of the organizations to meet up with the stipulated timelines given by the State government.

Akewusola listed other prerequisites for payments, to include a renewal of registration with the appropriate agencies of government, evidence of payment of taxes, as well as the provision of bond as a form of security for the fund. Akinderu-Fatai also reiterate the unalloyed commitment of the Lagos State Government towards reducing the housing deficit in Lagos State.

“We will not relent in our efforts in reducing the housing deficit in the state, all hands must be on deck to achieve the desire of Housing for all in Lagos State,” he added. Speaking on behalf of the contractors, Tony Aruede, an architect extolled the state government for revisiting the scheme and pledged the contractors’ commitment to ensuring that the scheme is delivered before the deadline.

The project consists of 744 homes, made up of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats in 62 blocks. It also comprised mini waterworks, sewage treatment plant, power generating plant, good drainage system and ample space designated for car parks and community activities.