Lagos State Government has sought collaboration with the World Bank for the development of mass housing schemes in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, made the appeal during a working visit of a World Bank team, led by a Senior Urban Development Specialist and the Spatial Planning Community of Practice Leader, Dr. Fuad Malkawi, to the ministry.
Akinderu-Fatai, who urged partnership with the World Bank to ensure that the vision of housing for all in Lagos Mega City is attained, said that the state needed mass housing schemes to accommodate the influx of people as well as assistance in innovative technology that could make housing development faster and safer.
RESPONDING, Malkawi expressed the willingness of the World Bank to partner with the state in developing and implementing strategies for urban renewal.
He said issues related to housing could not be treated in isolation without reference to the efficient transportation system, waste disposal and energy supply.
He said the World Bank would help in setting priorities and ensuring that developmental projects achieve the desired impact on people’s lives.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Housing, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, has sought help on capacity development, particularly middle-level professionals and artisans.
He said utilisation of the indigenous workforce would reduce cost as well as enhance the economic development of the state.
Olowoshago, therefore, urged assistance in the area of digitalised monitoring of ongoing schemes to ensure speedy completion and delivery of ongoing projects.