The Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Bosun Jeje, said on Tuesday that the state government has not been able to tackle the housing problem in the state because of the high cost of building and non-availability of fund.
He, however, added that the state government under the outgoing administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola, provided 10,000 housing units for people of the state.
At a ministerial press briefing, Jeje said the government built 28 housing estates across the state, among which 603 new LagosHOMS owners emerged in a single-digit interest rate mortgage scheme.
He said: “We don’t have enough housing units to take care of those who are in need of houses to live in Lagos State. That is why we introduced the draw process to determine winners who are always first-time buyers. The challenge of accommodation is made glaring by the huge deficit of housing units in the state. This has propelled the government to spearhead the provision of affordable quality housing units for Lagos citizenry. The mortgage based LagosHOMS initiative of the state government has come to stay and is providing homes.”
Jeje listed the completed LagosHOMS projects so far to include the 88-unit Gbagada Housing Estate, Iloro Housing Scheme, Igando Housing Scheme, Chief Anthony Enahoro Estate at Ogba and Chief Emeka Anyaoku Estate at GRA, Ikeja.