The Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to providing decent, habitable and conducive homes for workers of various categories in the State.
Speaking at the joint inspection of 36 home units comprising two and three bedrooms home apartments at LagosHOMS LASU, Ojo Campus recently, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr Kamar Olowoshago said the State Government is focused on its resolve to provide good homes for staff of its various establishments.
“Housing is a paramount need and to ensure that workers are in a position to give their best, the State Government accords due significance to the provision of decent homes for workers. The issue of access to good accommodation in a conducive environment can be challenging in a highly urbanised state like Lagos, hence, the State Government under Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is always mindful of addressing this basic need”, he noted.
Olowoshago stated that it is for this reason that the State Government intentionally allocates a certain percentage of its subsidised homes to workers and gives rebates to increase accessibility.
He further said that the LagosHoms LASU project is a promise kept to the university community as part of the present administration’s deliberate policy of attending to workers’ welfare.
Highlighting the importance of decent shelter for all Lagosians, Olowoshago indicated that continuity in governance will enable the State Government to further consolidate its all-inclusive housing policy which is targeted at the working class and the underserved.
This Lagoshoms LASU project, he added, is in line with the fourth pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, “Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy”, which is hinged on the provision of decent accommodation for the citizenry.
The Permanent Secretary, therefore, urged the University Community to take ownership of the project, safeguard it and put it to good utilisation when delivered, saying “it will no doubt ameliorate the challenge of housing deficit for the University staff”.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello (MNI) expressed gratitude to the State Government for making the welfare of staff and students of the University a priority while promising that the project will be put to optimal utilisation when completed.
She noted that the prompt delivery and commissioning of the scheme will help in addressing a strategic aspect of the institution’s welfare programme for its workers as it will be a huge relief to the beneficiaries.
While commending the present administration for its giant strides in the education sector in Lagos State, she pleaded that more home apartments be urgently constructed for the staff.
Other officials present at the Joint Inspection include the team of management and technical staff from the Ministry of Housing, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor Adenike Boyo; the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Emmanuel Fanu; Librarian, Dr Layi Adebayo and the University Bursar, Mr Saheed Olayinka, among others.