Lagos HOMS: 16 senior citizens get homes back

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Aug 14th, 2014
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Sixteen senior citizens, who occupied Shogunro Housing Estate in Ogba before it was demolished, will get 16 homes in the Shogunro Housing Scheme, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola said yesterday.

Fashola announced this yesterday at the sixth public draw of the Lagos State Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (LagosHOMS), where 48 beneiciaries emerged.

He said the 16 senior citizens willingly gave up their apartments during the regeneration of the estate.

The governor said: “After five successful draws, I am announcing a new dimension to the Lagos home policy. I share with you the regeneration and compassionate side of the LagosHOMs and the inclusion that seems to carry everybody along. This morning, 16 senior citizens have benefited from 16 homes, part of the Lagos homes, at the Shogunro Scheme in Ogba.”

He assured residents that ongoing regeneration across the state will not leave anyone aside, if they cooperate with the government.

Fashola: “Many of you may not know the history behind the Shogunro Housing scheme, but it was developed around 1970 as a result of the reclamation and development going on around Marina and people were moved to Ogba. Of course industrialisation came, flooding came and the houses they  moved to were no longer habitable. In 2009, a building collapsed there and we asked them to move out. Some refused to leave and the buildings began to fall apart. Those who said they would not leave fled for their lives. We have rebuilt the place and are fulfilling our promise to give back the homes to those who cooperated with us.”

The governor said 30 families in Adeniji Adele had been relocated to accommodate the development of a housing scheme in the area, adding: “Most of you are aware that some of the houses there are in a state of disrepair. Some have sunk and the environment requires a makeover. Our regeneration has come into full scale in Isale gangan.

“So, today, we have moved out 30 families in Adeniji Adele and offered to take them back when we are finished. Of those families, 13 said we should pay them off and each of them received N1.3 million plus N250,000 relocation fund.

“We have demolished five of the blocks that accommodated the 30 families. In each block of six flats, we are now building 24 flats. This will help us develop Adeniji Adele, as people will move from other blocks into the one we have completed and will not need to relocate.

“All I need you to say is whether you want this to continue. The party that owns me is the All Progressives Congress (APC), so when the time comes to cast your vote, you know where to put it.”

Some of the beneficiaries hailed the government for the initiative.

Mrs. Moyosade Ojo Adejoke, winner of a three-bedroom flat at the Igando Scheme, said: “I feel so good to be a winner and I pray that the scheme will continue. I pray that God will be with the governor and see him to the end of his tenure.”

Mrs. Ololade Olasanya, a widow, said: “I am so happy to be a winner because before now, I had the fear that when my children get married, I will be lonely. I am happy for this initiative, which has given me an opportunity to be a landlady. I will be retiring in about two years.”

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