The Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) draw Wednesday, 12th November, 2014, recorded its 500th winner as 25 new home owners emerged in the ninth draw of the monthly exercise winning homes in five housing schemes across the State. The winner is Mrs. Johanna Oremesimi.
At the draw, which took place at the LTV Blue Roof Multipurpose Hall before a capacity audience of both winners and other stakeholders including members of the state Executive Council as well as eminent Lagos residents, homes were won in Mushin Scheme, Hon. Olaitan Mustapha Scheme, Ijaiye Ojokoro, Igando Gardens, Alimosho, and Shogunro Schemes 1 and 2, Ogba, Ikeja.
In his remarks after the draw, the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, told residents that the only guarantee for sustainability of the project remains the voting of an All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state in the coming election adding that the project was a direct product of trust and promise keeping, which according to him, APC has demonstrated in the last seven years.
The Governor said there was need to elect responsible, honest and committed people that would continue the many laudable projects in the state adding that when such people are in government things that people don’t think is impossible for good would happen in their lives and that so as long as an APC Government is in Lagos, good things would continue to happen.
The Governor, who noted that the current period is the period of partisan politics when various interest groups would go about making vote-catching promises some of which may be quite unrealizable, urged residents to be guided always by the antecedents of the various groups in making their choices at the polls.
“You have heard promises that within six months you would have uninterrupted power supply. Do you have it? After sometime they said it was one year; do you still have electricity? It is now a luxury. The most reliable electricity in Nigeria today is the one you generate by yourself with diesel and with petrol and with generators. You are paying four times more every time you generate power by yourself,” he said.
Governor Fashola also recalled the promises about security made four years ago by the Federal Government to protect life and property pointing out that though a wholesome Federal Republic of Nigeria with all its component parts intact was handed over to them, they have come back after four years with a decapitated Nigeria wondering what guarantee Nigerians have that the situation would improve in the next four years.
The Governor said the most unrealistic promise being made by the opposition party in the state was that the people would not pay tax again adding that with the dwindling revenue from oil, the revenue to the states from the Federation Account would continue to fall.
Taking a swipe at the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Governor declared, “By their past records you will know them. When it is not raining and you see people carrying umbrella be careful”, adding that for the people to make the right choice they must arm themselves with their Voter’s Cards.
He further warned, “You will see rice, you will see what they call kerosene. But ask yourself, if they did their work well, would they need to come and give you those items at this time? If they did their work properly why should they bring rice to you; why can’t you buy your own rice. If they give you electricity to be productive and to be master of your own destiny, you will buy enough rice for yourself and even buy for them.
“Those who are going to pray for you God has already elected them. It is those that are going to work for you that need to be elected. So as I said this is a partisan season, when you hear the promises, look properly”.
Citing the Lagos HOMS draw as one of the promises kept by the present APC administration in the state, Governor Fashola recalled his promise nine months ago to put 200 units of houses in the market for the Lagos HOMS Draw adding, “We said you should do certain things like pay your tax; you paid. We said you should register with LASRRA, you registered. We said you should go to our website and apply. Did you see anyone else? That is the type of promise that we make, a promise that we keep”.
He assured that if the people would return the APC in Government in 2015 the HOMS project would continue pointing out that though he was not at the eighth Draw, of the scheme, the exercise still held, which, according to him, “is a strong statement that this exercise – Home Ownership provision – will continue whether I am here or I am not”.
Congratulating the winners, both past and present, Governor Fashola, who noted that their status has changed forever, added, “You know that you have acquired an asset against which you can plan your life because you are now home owners. You will have title documents that will be collateral for any business that you want to do. If you have difficult times, you can borrow against that asset. This is what moves you from poverty to prosperity”.
The Governor, however, reminded them that they could not have become winners and home owners if the government did not act on a promise, “You can see here visible and living examples that we keep promises here when we make them. And it is not about tribe or about religion.
“So let me say to you that as you prepare to choose who will lead you compare the promises that you heard the other side and the promises that you have heard from this side and know which promises have come true and those that have not come true and on that basis go and make your choice. When you are making your choice, forget about religion, forget about your tribe”.
According to the Governor, construction of Lagos HOMS continues at a Ajara in Badagry, Igando in Alimosho, Ibeshe in Ikorodu, Oko oba in Agege, Iponri in Surulere, Amuwo Odofin in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Badia in Ijora, and Ilubiri, where the Federal Government tried to stop construction.
Other locations across the state where construction is currently going on, the Governor said, include Lekki and Alausa where work is currently going on to construct 48 flats while the Federal Government has stopped work in Iporin where 48 flats are pending for the people.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Mortgage Board, Mr. Akinola Kojo Sagoe, the board currently has 331 keys to hand over to the people who have signed their legal documentation and are just waiting to get their consents adding that they represents 70 percent of the total winners so far till date.
He said as at the last draw, where 35 successful applicants emerged, nineteen had made payments adding, “Today 78 applicants have applied for Homes in our eight different schemes, we have Oba Adegoruwa in Igbogbo, Alhaja Adetoun Mustapha in Ijokoro, Hon. Olaitan Mustapha in Ojokoro, Hon. Rotimi Sotomiwa Estate Igbogbo, Igando Scheme Alimosho, Mushin Scheme Mushin Local Government, Sir. Michael Otedola Scheme Epe and Sogunro Scheme 1&2 Ogba.
“Of this number, 65 people were actually pre-qualified for this draw and thirteen applicants were declined due to documentation and they can always come back with proper documentation they will be moved into the next draw in December”.
Present at the occasion were members of the State Executive Council including the state Deputy Governor, Hon. (Mrs.) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; state Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje;,Executive Secretary, Lagos State Mortgage Board, Mr. Akinola Kojo Sagoe; Executive Director, Operations, Mrs. Omobola Fashola; party chieftains including, Vice Chairman, APC, Lagos West Senatorial District, Chief Funso Ologunde and other top government functionaries.