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LASG to allocate housing units for workers through ballot

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The Lagos State government says 698 civil servants will be selected through ballot to acquire homes in its various housing estates.

The Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, disclosed this on Thursday.

Akinderu-Fatai spoke during the 2024 ministerial press briefing to mark the first year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term in office on Thursday at Alausa, Ikeja.

He said selected workers for the housing scheme would be entitled to a 40 per cent rebate in their service lifetime.

“In order to promote transparency in home unit allocation, the state government will, henceforth, allocate some of its homes through the ballot.

“The process will be observed by independent observers to ensure transparency and fairness.

“Some of the locations are: Idale (Badagry Division) and LagosHOM Odo-Onosa/Ayandelu (Epe-Division) come June 4,” the commissioner said.

He added that the Lagos State Mortgage Board had compiled a list of applicants for home unit allocation.

“Within various schemes, we have pre-qualified 950 applicants for home unit allocation. We also have 400 applicants for LagosHOMS, Ajara, Badagry, 450 for LagosHS, Odo-Onosa/Ayandelu.

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“We have 100 for Lagos State public affordable housing scheme, Idale Badagry,” Akinderu-Fatai said.

The commissioner also said the ministry was able to engage over 8,000 skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled residents of Lagos.

“In August 2023, the ministry trained an additional 200 artisans under its Master Craftsman Training Programme. The six weeks programme was organised in collaboration with a consultant.

“The courses were: plumbing and pipe works, masonry, painting, decoration, carpentry and furniture making and electrical installations,” he said.

Akinderu-Fatai said the ministry had to deal with challenges such as encroachment on state-owned land and housing projects, litigation, slow pace of work by joint venture partners and the current inflation trend.

“But we have been able to settle most litigation through Alternative Dispute Resolution and strategies to curb delays.

“We will encourage the use of local products, we’re leveraging on various relationships with the academia and professional bodies to support research into cheaper and alternative building technology,” he said.

He added that the government recovered N176m from housing estate debtors.

Akinderu-Fatai said, “The Ministry through an improved revenue generation machinery was able to collect outstanding debts totalling N176, 617, 500 from defaulting allottees in Millennium Housing Estate, Gbagada, Baba Omojola Housing Estate, Gbagada, Millennium Housing Estate, Oke-Eletu, Emeka Anyaokwu Housing Estate, Ikeja and Millennium Housing Estate, Ojokoro.”

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