The Lagos State Government has sought collaboration with building professionals to tackle rising housing deficit in the state.
The state Commissioner for Housing, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, made the call when he received officials of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) and Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) on Monday.
NIQS and NICE delegations were led by their Lagos State Chairmen, Mr Dele Mafimidiwo and Mr Tokunbo Ajanaku, respectively.
Receiving NIQS executives, Lawal said that the housing deficit in the state had hit three million.
He remarked that the old conventional ways of funding housing projects had become inadequate, hence the need for the expertise of the surveyors.
According to him, the population of Lagos is increasing on daily basis, calling for new ways for faster housing delivery in line with modern technological advancement.
“There is the need for us to be more innovative to fund the demand for affordable housing,’’ the commissioner said.
He said that 5008 housing units in 12 estates were currently under construction across the state.
Lawal added that over 500 housing units have been allotted under the government’s Rent-to-Own Housing Scheme.
Earlier, Mafimidiwo commended the ongoing massive housing projects and other infrastructural projects across the state.
He called for increased engagement of NIQS members in the execution of government projects.
While receiving NICE members, the commissioner sought the support of the engineers to boost the capacity of artisans in the built environment under the state government’s “Master Craftsman Project”.
The project, he said, targets to train 5,000 artisans in five years.
Lawal called for more research into locally-produced building materials to cut cost and reduce influx of foreign engineers.
“We are trying to do a lot to ensure Lagosians are proud home owners.
“Government budget alone cannot fund the projects to bridge our housing deficit and urban infrastructure deficit,’’ he said.
Responding, Ajanaku called for the use of alternative building materials to construct houses throughout the year, irrespective of the season.
He pledged the support of the institution in this direction.
The chairman, however, urged the state government to engage more indigenous civil engineers in its projects.