Lagos State Government has decried the abandonment of 87 housing units in some of its estates, saying they constitute environmental and security challenges.
Commissioner for Housing, Bosun Jeje, in a statement on Thursday, expressed the displeasure of the government at the action.
He said some of the houses had been abandoned since they were allotted to the owners.
Jeje urged owners of the houses to immediately take physical possession of them.
He added that failure to do so would give the government no option but to implement the terms of the agreement entered into by the concerned parties to the letter.
He said, “There are as many as 87 housing units left unoccupied at different Millennium Housing estates.
“In Ike-Eletu, we have nine units that were abandoned; in Alaagba, two units; Ojokoro, 33 units, Shasha, 10 units, and Ibeshe, 33 units.
“This negates the spirit and purpose for which the houses were built; which was to provide shelter for the teeming population of Lagosians who are in need of decent accommodation.”
The commissioner said the government was serious about reducing the estimated five million units deficit in housing need of the state residents.
He added that the allottees, by their failure to occupy the houses, were denying many others access to the houses being provided by the government.
Jeje said, “Apart from this, the abandoned properties constitute environmental challenges and security threat to the concerned estates and the neighbourhood.
“Many of the unoccupied houses are now eye-sores, with weedy and dirty environment defacing the aesthetics of the affected estates.”