Lagos launches portal to standardise property market

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and other dignataries at the launch of Real Estate Transaction portal in Lagos.

Lagos State Government has launched a Real Estate Transaction portal to curb fraudulent practices in the real estate business.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveiled the portal at a stakeholders’ meeting held at Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The portal, the Governor said, would secure investments in property market by checkmating unscrupulous dealings in transactional process and also afford property owners and tenants to register and transact genuinely with one another without interference of third parties.

Lasting solution
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied to the event by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said that the launching of the portal became imperative to find lasting solution to incidences of fraudulent and unprofessional practices observed in the real estate sector.

“Apart from facilitating smooth business relationships between people selling or buying landed property, the portal will also be useful to those in leasing or renting of properties across the State. Removing fraud and doubts from their transactional activities will, in no small measure, contribute to the State’s GDP.

“The data collected from the portal will help the government to formulate policies and programmes to regulate, control and professionalise the real estate sector, which is one of the extremely important needs of mankind,” he said.

Bridging housing deficit
Sanwo-Olu used the occasion to reiterate his administration’s commitment to bridging the housing deficit in the State by partnering with private sector.

He urged stakeholders in the housing sector to embrace the new technology deployed by the Government in securing business transactions in the market.

The Governor explained that the State had initially introduced Lagos State Real Estate Transaction Department in its civil service in 2012 to regulate, monitor and develop the institutional framework that would enhance the integrity of the property market.

The electronic platform, according to him, was introduced to consolidate the activities of the department as well as promote transparency and best practice in the business.

Innovative plans
Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, hinted that Lagos had more innovative and sustainable plans to improve the fortunes of the real estate sector and promote the State as first destination for property business in the country.

She said the Smart City aspiration of Lagos made it necessary for the Government to track all real estate transactions and capture them electronically with access to data.

The cabinet member observed the need by the State to continuously capture and update a unified central database for real estate activities within the State, noting that it would help in planning and decision-making.

The Nigeria’s Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, represented by the Federal Controller for Works and Housing, Lagos State Field Office, Mrs. Sarah Alawode, urged stakeholders to embrace the new initiative.

He stressed that the platform remained critical in strengthening ease of doing business in the country.

 

Sammie Idika