The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday commissioned 100 units of a housing project in Ikate, Lekki, in the state, as well as named a block of the project after a GL-15 staff of the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC), the late Wakilu Hamzat.
Hamzat, who had served the Corporation for about 25 years, died in the morning on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, a few hours before the commissioning.
“In honour of Wakilu Hamzat, we name Block C after him. I enjoin our engineers to specially paint the block and we will be able to acknowledge his great work.
“Wakilu was somebody I personally know. He will be greatly missed but we thank God for his life. He has put in not less than 25 years in the service,” the governor stated.
Sanwo-Olu promised that the Lagos State government would sponsor Hamzat’s children education through scholarship.
The commissioned project consists of a 100-unit estate of 68 terraces of four bedrooms with a maid’s room each and 32 flats of three bedrooms with a maid’s room.
The project was initiated during the tenure of Governor Sanwo-Olu as the then Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LSDPC.
In his opening remark, the Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said: “In completing more homes, we are re-echoing and underscoring a resolve not only to bring solutions to the issue of housing deficit in the state but also to revitalize the economy, improve our total environment and increase the sense of wellbeing of the people.
“In line with the transformational agenda of this administration tagged, THEMES, the state, under the able leadership of Mr Governor, has continued to charge forward in addressing the issues that are germane to the wellbeing of the citizenry.
“Through various interventions in the housing sector, more homes have been provided and many liveable and model communities have been created all over the state. Construction works at the various sites of housing schemes have also resulted in economic vibrancy for both skilled workers and artisans through the creation of direct and indirect employment.
“The local economies of the project areas have also been greatly revitalized with increased commercial activities from both the supply and demand angle of housing development.”
While commending Sanwo-Olu for the support, the commissioner assured, “We will spare no efforts in ensuring that no housing scheme is left uncompleted. With the support and cooperation of everyone, the dream of a Greater Lagos will emerge fully even in our time.”
The Managing Director of LSDPC, Dhikrullah Har-Yusuph, said: “Before Bayview Estate became what you are seeing today, I can boldly say that its former state was a far cry from what we can see here today.
“This land was a marshy, swampy lowland that is typical of the terrain in this vicinity. To this end, I would like to acknowledge the massive investment committed by our partner, Messrs. Misa Ltd into the sub-structural element of the estate. Today, we have an estate ready for habitation without any fear of flooding despite the terrain.”
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