The Lagos state government has sought further collaboration with the World Bank for the development of mass housing schemes in the state.

This appeal was made by the Lagos State Housing Commissioner, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, during a working visit by a team led by World Bank Senior Urban Development Specialist and Spatial Planning Community of Practice Leader, Dr. Fuad Malkawi, to the ministry at the Alausa Secretariat, Lagos .

Akinderu-Fatai called for a partnership with the World Bank to ensure the vision of housing for all in the megacity of Lagos is achieved.

Justifying the call, the commissioner pointed out that the uninhibited migration to Lagos from other states of the federation as well as from some west coast nations has made the issue of housing provision very critical in the state.

Given the coastal nature of the state, he stated that enormous support is required in the area of ​​housing development.

According to him, the state will require building in the thousands to accommodate the increased influx and therefore sought assistance in the area of ​​innovative technology that could make housing development faster and safer. The commissioner said that the required intervention in housing development now is new technology that can ensure the speedy delivery of housing units without compromising quality and safety.

He also noted that vertical housing development so that the scarce land available in the state can be optimized for maximum return in terms of housing is also necessary to adequately close the housing gap in the state.

Akinderu-Fatai further noted that collaborative efforts should address the challenges posed by climate change and technology and the likely impact of these factors on housing design for the future.

He also urged the World Bank to support cheap funds, not necessarily hard currency, which could help increase the number of homes built and make them easily accessible through convenient mortgages for end-users, particularly low-income people.

Expressing the willingness of the World Bank to partner with the state in developing and implementing strategies for urban renewal in Nigeria, Dr. Fuad Malkawi noted that housing issues cannot be dealt with in isolation without reference to a system efficient transportation, waste disposal, and energy provider.

He revealed that the main focus of the World Bank is to help set priorities and ensure that development projects achieve the desired impact on people’s lives.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, sought help with capacity building, particularly mid-level professionals and craftsmen. He opined that the use of indigenous labor will reduce costs and improve the economic development of the state.

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