The Lateef Kayode Jakande Housing Estate in Igando was allocated to 492 families on Friday by the Lagos State Government.
At the banquet Hall of the Statehouse in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu handed keys to the beneficiaries of his rent-to-own housing scheme.
Sanwo olu explained that the beneficiaries were certified by the mortgage board and he was more than delighted to keep his promise ahead of time.
“We cannot overemphasise how critical housing is to all residents. We made a promise that we will deliver decent homes to our people. For us to start fulfilling this promise earlier than we predicted, it shows the credibility and our readiness to stand with our pledges to Lagosians. It’s a promise kept ahead of time.
“Therefore, it is with great pleasure to hand over keys to apartments of Lateef Kayode Jakande Gardens to all beneficiaries selected by the Mortgage Board. Shelter, as we all know, is critical to fulfilling all other activities of life. Homeownership is a mark of great accomplishment, especially in a city like Lagos. My joy knows no bound as ordinary people now boast of owning decent homes under my administration,” he said.
Sonoiki Idowu, a beneficiary who was also once a one-day governor, in his elated state, said, “I’m coming from a background where we can’t afford to rent a good apartment, much less buying a home. Today, I can say I have owned a decent home. May God bless Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for this wonderful housing programme.”
The Commissioner for Housing, Hon Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, divulged that more housing schemes were being worked upon.
He said there are 360 homes in Igbogbo, 744 homes in Sangotedo, 660 homes in Agbowa and 680 apartments in Egan Igando.
He added that they are working on innovative strategies, which will enable them to use technology to reduce the time of construction, increase quality of homes and reduce the cost of building to make the housing scheme more affordable.