Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode has said the state would consider adopting a ‘rent and own’ policy in resolving its housing deficiency.
In a chat with media executives at his office in Alausa, Ikeja, Ambode acknowledged that it was not easy for a winner of a three-bedroom flat, under the state government’s housing scheme, to make an initial payment of about N5 million, half the cost, before spreading out the balance through monthly payments.
He noted that it was unnecessary for a bachelor or spinster to own a three-bedroom flat, stressing that it was better for those in this category to get studio apartments and upgrade to more spacious accommodations when they get married and started having children.
He appreciated the solid foundation already laid by his predecessors in office in the state, and called for suggestions and constructive criticism by all residents, including the media, to build on what was on ground.
It is observed that Ambode has noted that the multi-modal approach already in place to tackle transportation problems in the state would be improved upon.
He that his mantra would be ‘continuity with improvement’; the governor said that the involvement of the private sector in solving Lagos State’s transportation problems would be intensified.
Ambode stated that though about 230 private boat operators were transporting about a million people daily through the waterways, more were welcome.
Ambode speaking concerning dwindling federal allocation said that the state would enlarge its internally generated revenue drive, without bringing hardship to residents.

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