Lagos State Commisioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello
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The Lagos State Government is to develop 1,000 low-cost houses at Ijora/Badia, in the Apapa/Iganmu Local Council Development Area, to replace the shanties recently demolished in the area by the state government.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
The state government had recently demolished shanties at Ijora/Badia, leading to the displacement of over 60,000 persons in the area.
Bello explained that the proposed housing project would alleviate the plight of residents of the area who lost their homes and properties in the demolition.
He said the shanties were not legitimate houses for which the owners could be paid compensation by the state government.
“If they are legitimate houses or appropriately approved buildings that people were living in, the government would normally pay compensation, but when you have shanties all over the place and they are cleared, there is usually no compensation.
“The Ministry of Housing has a beautiful plan for the area. The state government is planning to build over 1,000 houses around there and work will soon commence on the project,” he said.
The commissioner said the houses would be affordable and be placed under a mortgage scheme.
“The houses are for the poor and anybody who is not poor can access them. It is going to be under a mortgage system. It is not a thing that you must have much money before you can buy.
“All the estates that the Lagos State Government has developed, we are putting together under a mortgage scheme, for people to be able to access them. What we are doing is to give the people the opportunity to own their own houses, even with the little money they have.
“The payment system will be stretched out for the convenience of the buyers, for the next 20 to 25 years,’’ he said.
Bello urged Lagos residents to take advantage of such opportunities to help the urban renewal initiatives of the state government to reduce shanties in the metropolis.
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