The first set of successful allottees of the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) was on Monday presented with keys to their various homes by Governor Babatunde Fashola.
The Governor, who spoke at the Conference Room of the Lagos House, Ikeja, expressed the hope that the number of applicants would continue to increase month after month and described the first exercise as the beginning of a journey of promise.
“I am happy to see very young people who have become homeowners in their country and in our state and in a place where young people are struggling. Go and apply, pay your taxes, register as a Lagos resident and the rest is easy”, he added.
He described the first draw as a modest start with 31 successful applicants from 200 homes at the first draw while the remaining 169 would be added to the 200 homes at the second draw which is billed for Friday.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Lagos Mortgage Board and Commissioner for Finance, Mr Ayo Gbeleyi described the event as another promise made and kept by the administration of Mr Bababtunde Fashola.
He added that out of the 31 winners that emerged at the first draw, 11 who have fully completed the requirements and have also achieved closure on their mortgage facilities are being handed their keys.
In a vote of assurance, one of the successful allottees, Mr Amos Omodunni said that after he came across the scheme on one of the social media sites where the photographs of one of the schemes was uploaded when the Governor visited there, he did not expect it to be as seamless and as easy as it turned out to be.
“Everything worked just like clock. I did not have to visit any office or talk to anyone. Everything that I needed to do to complete that application was done just in my office and I did not have to move anywhere”, he said.
Fashola, who also reacting to the vote of assurance given by Mr Omodunni, stated that if Mr Omodunni was the only successful allotee, the efforts of the State Government and the Mortgage Board would still have been worth it.
Another excited allottee, Mrs Yetunde Awopeju who works with Atlas Technical Services Limited, commended Governor Fashola whose foresight, she said had come to the fore with the HOMS scheme.
She added that from what used to be a condemned location and a night club in Surulere, a beautiful estate had risen, adding that she was happy to be a beneficiary of the Shitta Housing Estate.
Mr Daniel Ikpe who works with Zenith Bank Plc recounted how he became aware of the process through the social media network, stressing that all he could volunteer was that the programme is about transparency.
The successful allottes who got keys, were Mrs Abdulmalik Rukiat, Mr Ademola Odujoko, Mr Ejiroghene Torishedu Madedor, Mr Amos kimeh Omodunni, Mrs Yetunde Oluwaseun Awopeju, Mr Ajayi Omotayo Jubril, Mrs Ganiyat Dolapo Akanni, Mr Gbenga Owolabi, Mr Chukwuneta John Paul Ogbatwi, Mrs Bibian Aloba Kanayo and Mr Ikpeh Daniel Darligton.
The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope –Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council, including the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Bosun Jeje and members of the Mortgage Board, the successful allotees and some members of their family.