The Lagos State government has renewed its commitment to deliver on its promises in the housing sector in spite of the setbacks caused by vandals.
The Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Housing, Mr Wasiu Akewusola made the pledge during the Ministry’s inspection of on going housing schemes in Ibeshe, Igbogbo, Agbowa, Odo Onosa and Ayandelu areas of the state.
Akewusola bemoaned the acts by vandals who carted away fittings from some ongoing housing projects in the state.
He also called on community leaders and residents of adjourning properties to assist in securing government’s investment in some of the ongoing housing projects in the State.
“The commitment of the state government in meeting the shelter demands of the people is unwavering hence we are working out strategies to keep vandals and hoodlums out of the on going schemes, we will also step our monitoring activities to ensure that nefarious activities are completely eradicated.
Lagos State commitment to meeting the housing needs of the people is unnegotiable, we will continue to forge ahead in delivering on our mandate in spite of setbacks, especially the looting of some of the projects by miscreants. The security of the housing schemes constructed with taxpayers’ money should be a joint venture between the people and the government,” he said.
Akewusola explained that policing of the housing schemes that are yet to be delivered could be better protected by the immediate communities because of proximity and superior knowledge of the terrain.
The Permanent Secretary decried the situation where uncompleted houses were vandalized through removal of basic fixtures such as transformers, electric poles among others.
He however appealed to the community leaders and residents to take interest in the vigilance and surveillance over these schemes by offering information to security agents.
Besides, the Permanent Secretary stressed that some criminals have embarked on illegal sand digging activities around some ongoing projects in Ikorodu area of the state, thereby endangering the land structures, couple with the economic loss incurred as a result of these untoward actions.
He mentioned that the replacement of the stolen items and replacement where applicable would demand huge financial implications and also result in delay in delivering the homes to the prospective owners.
The team also visited the HRH. Oba Aderibigbe Asunmo, Oba Ayandelu of Odo Ayandelu whose palace adjourned the Odo Onosa/ Ayandelu housing scheme.
The traditional ruler appreciated the governments gesture in locating the housing scheme in Odo Onosa and Odo Ayandelu and appealed for quick completion of the project in anticipation of the projected socio economic benefits of the scheme to the inhabitants of the towns.