There is a ray of hope for residents of old state-owned estates that are rundown and in dilapidated condition.

This was revealed by the Honorable Commissioner for Housing, Honorable Moruf Akinderu Fatai during a meeting with the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Housing, Hon. Bisi Yussuf and other members of the Committee including Hon. Desmond Olusola Elliot.

The meeting which also had in attendance, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Hon. Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr. Wasiu Akewusola, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Housing, Hon. Ayodele Amodu as well the Managing Director of Lagos State Building Investment Company Plc , Mr. Tobi Lawal was called by the House Committee on Housing to deliberate on matters relating to the rehabilitation of two distressed blocks of flats in Alaka Estate in Surulere area of Lagos State as well as the welfare of the residents who would be temporarily displaced as a result of the exercise.

Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Bisi Yussuf pointed out that the Lagos State House of Assembly as the legislative arm of Government is deeply concerned about the danger posed to individuals residing in old and dilapidated estates. “It is disturbing that some residents live in old structures that may collapse at anytime. We have to take urgent action to prevent wastage of lives and property that could result from imminent collapse of such distressed structures .” he said.

The Honorable Commissioner, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai also reiterated that “the State government is committed to its pledge of provision of decent Housing for the people and is constantly evolving strategies both to build more new homes and to renew the old estates like the Alaka Estate .” He furthermore said that Lagos State will do its best to protect the affected residents from the inconveniences that would come up as a result of their temporary evacuation from the homes in order to make way for the redevelopment of the distressed structures”.

The Special Adviser to the Governor, Hon. Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka also assured the affected residents of Alaka Estate whose representatives were also present at the meeting that all genuine home owners will be relocated to their new homes after the reconstruction of the affected blocks.

While allaying the fears of the affected residents that the proposed homes may not be re allocated to the original owners, she said that ” a Stakeholder Engagement with all concerned will not only help to ensure that all parties are carried along but will also reduce the incidence of lawsuits from parties who may feel marginalized”.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Wasiu Akewusola also informed the meeting that a global assessment of the level of degradation in all old estates will be the next step in the agenda of urban renewal as most of the old housing estates built almost over twenty five years ago are in varying states of disrepair and require urgent attention .

The representatives of the affected residents led by Mrs. Bisi Bello were delighted with the outcome of the meeting and pledged to support the State Government’s efforts aimed at the re-development of the
rundown blocks in the Alaka estate.

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