•Estate named after late ex-NBA President B.O. Benson
•Governor lays foundation for project’s scheme II
Determined to bridge the housing deficit and create affordable accommodation for residents, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday delivered and commissioned a 480-unit housing project in Ikorodu division.
Sanwo-Olu named the LagosHOMS project built in Ibeshe after the late former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Asiwaju of Ikorodu, Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson, SAN.
The Governor described the project as “a modern style” accommodation initiated to improve the residents’ comfort and wellbeing.
The project comprises 40 blocks of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three bedrooms apartments, with fully fitted kitchen, store and guest toilets. The estate also has ample space for parking, a water treatment plant, overhead water tanks, borehole, central sewage system, seven transformers, one injection station and two dumpsites, as well as buildings for generator house and central hall.
Sanwo-Olu reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritising development of housing projects that would enhance comfort and strengthen the aesthetic of the environment. The event, he said, was a testimony to the fulfillment of his electoral promises.
The Governor, who also performed groundbreaking of Ibeshe Scheme II, said that his administration had created 17,000 direct jobs and 18,000 indirect jobs through the construction of various housing schemes. He said the State’s housing projects had direct engagement of consultants, contractors and artisans in the State.
He said: “In the past two and half years, we have been earnestly addressing the huge housing deficit in Lagos. There is no doubt that this administration is passionate about building decent and durable homes for our people. Actually, the provision of more housing facilities is a major aspect in our transformational agenda tagged THEMES.
“Through our development blueprint, the State is focusing on the Built sector as a driving factor for economic development, social inclusion and job creation. In deepening our activities in this sector, the economy of the State has been greatly revitalised. This is because building homes is a capital-intensive activity that positively affects every sector of the economy.
“We are here because every responsive government knows about the impact of good and decent homes on the welfare of the people. This has a ripple effect on other areas of life by adding meaning and essence to living. It is in acknowledgment of this fact that this administration considers housing development to be a priority on its agenda.”
Sanwo-Olu, while reiterating his administration commitment to affordable housing for Lagosians, said private sector involvement in housing development is vital to robust housing delivery.
The Governor said by the time of his administration’s third anniversary, a total of 7,000 homes would have been delivered by the State under his leadership, adding that the Government was embarking on a partnership with the private sector to provide more housing needs for the people.
“About five weeks ago, we commissioned an estate of 100 homes constructed through a joint venture in Lekki. Today, we are here again to release another set of 480 homes delivered through direct budgetary allocation. In utilising these two strategies of partnership with the private sector and budgetary allocation, we have been able to deliver 13 major housing schemes all over the State.
“We are still counting because we are still at work in a number of housing construction sites all over the State. Apart from the one being commissioned today, three schemes are virtually ready and awaiting commissioning at Sangotedo, Odo-Onosa Ayandelu, and Agbowa. It is our expectation that by the time this administration is marking the third anniversary, a total of 7,000 homes would have been delivered to the people
“Within this location, there is also a joint venture housing scheme which is being constructed in collaboration with a private investor. This is just one of the partnership efforts of this administration. There are still other joint venture schemes at Ijora-Badia, Tolu-Ajegunle, Lekki and Ajah to mention a few. By involving the private sector, the State is widening the home provision net and opening the door wider for more homeownership opportunities.
“The private sector involvement in housing development is vital to a robust housing delivery policy. In creating opportunities for private investors through various reforms, the State Government is aiding vibrancy in the economy. Together both government and private investors are meeting a basic human need while galvanizing the economy at the same time,” the governor said.
On the development of Ibeshe Phase II, Sanwo-Olu said the scheme would yield a total of 192 flats with supporting infrastructure, which will include a network of roads, drainage system, car park, electricity and water reticulation system.
Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai said the ceremony demonstrated the readiness of the Sanwo-Olu administration to improve the wellbeing of residents through the supply of affordable housing units across the State.
He said the location of the project, developed through budgetary allocation, would give the allottees a level of environmental protection and comfort, as the scheme was developed close to a shoreline thereby making it a good choice.
The project, he said, has also improved socio-economic indices of the area.
“It is worthy of mention that housing development comes under the pillar of making Lagos a 21st Century economy in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda. Based on this policy thrust, the State Government has been working on the completion of all the housing schemes initiated but left unfinished by previous administrations in the State,” the Commissioner said.
Iyalaje Oodua Launches Website, Unveil Plans for 2022 Aje Festival
Ever since Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade was installed as the Iyalaje Oodua (Spiritual symbol for wealth, commerce and industry) by His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Princess Kolade has been a nip in the bud by hitting the ground running with her giant strides towards harnessing business opportunities, wealth and commerce within the Oodua region and beyond. In a bid to infuse technological advancement following the modern-day trend, She recently launched Aje Website www.iyalajeoodua.com where she loaded all needed information about the sacred Aje diety among other information and frequently asked questions for those at home and in the diaspora.
To further spread her reach increasing her milage across the globe; she also launched Iyalaje-In-Council and Iyalaje-Worldwide platform on Whatsapp, where hundreds of people have joined and have had a series of progressive meetings, where salient issues affecting trade and commerce in Nigeria were discussed at length. The initiative is also to give those in the diaspora a sense of belonging and engage them on business opportunities in Nigeria and how trade exchange between Nigeria and the rest of the world can be improved drastically.
As the Annual Aje festival beckons next year in February; solid preparations are in top gear to ensure the 2022 Aje festival is glamourous by deviating from the norm. Next Aje festival will avail people from the diaspora to participate fully and also talk about unlocking business opportunities. The newest innovation for the next edition is the inclusion of ‘Aje Summit’; a round engaging discussions atmosphere that would attract prominent government functionaries, celebrated business moguls, Iyalaje’s and Iyaloja’s across the country. At the Summit, various issues would be treated on how to infuse technological advancement in business and how to follow the 21st-century trend of doing business across the world. The Aje Summit is a first of its kind that would attract all sundry from all walks of life under one roof to improve business opportunities and also engage in modes and ease of doing business to increase wealth creation and empower with knowledge.
Iyalaje Oodua disclosed that; ‘Next Aje festival will be a paradigm shift. We are moving from the usual status quo and also give opportunities for those who want to learn more about business and trade. At the Summit, we will teach people how to fish and not give them fish. At the Summit, there would be an exchange of information, business opportunities, business ideas and also we would create funding for a good business proposal. In line with the vision and mission of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi; that by 2030, he wants the wealth valuation within Oodua land to increase in billions of dollars in investment. So as Iyalaje Oodua, we are tapping into the vision to ensure we meet the said target. We would be holding a world Press conference soon to unveil our plans for the next Aje Festival that is billed to hold next year February 2022. We would be going to Brazil and Europe to propagate the gospel and attract more direct foreign investment into the country. For more update, you can visit our website www.iyalajeoodua.com and all our designated social media handles platform for more information.”
Heal The Wound of 1967 Civil War On Igbo, Oluwo Tasks fg
As part of his determination to ensure sustainability of Nigeria’s unity, the Paramount Ruler of Iwoland, HIM Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has tasked the federal government of Nigeria under President Muhammed Buhari, to heal the wound of the damages inflicted on various ethnic groups most especially the Igbos by the 1967 civil war.
Oba Akanbi expressed the need to call a unification conference to assess the destruction of the civil war to Igbos and provide palliative capable of promoting long term affinity among diverse ethnic groups in the nation.
Oluwo commended the resiliency and magnanimity of the Igbos towards Nigeria, describing the injury as enormous.
He stated the Igbo are major stakeholders in Nigeria’s technological advancement, innovation and invention, calling on federal government to call a stakeholders meeting to assess and render proficient succour worthy to erase the harms caused by the war damages.
Oluwo, being the first king to patronize made in Nigeria Innoson vehicle by an Igbo man, assured his continuous unalloyed support to encourage and promote the technological weight of Igbos.
He further pledged to visit Igbo monarchs soon to fraternize and talk on the country’s unity.
A statement by Oluwo through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem,reads “The damages incurred by the Nigerian Civil War of July, 1967 to 15th January, 1970 were monumental. The Igbos counted highest loss of human lives and properties. They are out brothers. The injury inflicted by the war is inimical to the unity of Nigeria. The feeling is still fresh in the brain of many victims and their children”
“The federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammed Buhari should consider a national conference to assess and discuss palliatives capable of erasing the feeling and memory of the damages”
“I commend the magnanimity and resiliency of the Igbo. Despite the huge loss, they have moved on. Today, they are the leading industrialists in promotion of Nigeria’s technological advancement”
“Calling a national dialogue will foster unity and heal the wound inflicted by the harm. We should learn from the past, forgives ourselves and forget. But for dreamed unity to achieved, the constituted authority of the federal government led by President Muhammed Buhari must lead the conference and render succour to the lead victims”
“As a father to the nation, I patronize everyone. I’m the first traditional ruler in Nigeria to buy made in Nigeria Innoson vehicle. I’ve planned a tour to some Eze Ndigbo, Igwe and stakeholders to strengthen the unity of Nigeria. I am the Oluwo of Iwoland but I am also an Igwe,Obi, Eze in Yorubaland to all Igbos. Igbos are our brothers and sisters”
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