The housing deficit in Lagos state could be solved with the addition of 187, 500 new properties within the next five years.
According to Mr Abiola Anifowose, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, the population presents a problem to the state.
“This status is not only challenging to housing provision, but exerts pressure on infrastructure in the state.
This administration is repositioning strategies of delivering decent and affordable housing units to the citizens of Lagos,” he added.
Speaking at the 2016 World Habitat Day, organised by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode highlighted the issue, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, this problem can be solved with the addition of 187, 500 new houses.
He also promised to take care of the housing shortage within five years.
“Shelter ranks next to food as a human necessity and one of the social responsibilities of government.
Provision of affordable houses remains a major focus of this administration in our quest to make life comfortable for the people.
We are determined to achieve this via policy initiatives such as Rent-To-Own scheme, Outright Purchase Home Ownership, Public/Private Partnership and strengthening the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme,” he added.
Th event was themed: "Housing at the Centre".