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Why Lagos State’s Housing Deficit Persists Despite Ongoing Construction Boom by Dennis Isong



Why Lagos State's Housing Deficit Persists Despite Ongoing Construction Boom by Dennis Isong

Why Lagos State’s Housing Deficit Persists Despite Ongoing Construction Boom by Dennis Isong










































Sahara Weekly Reports That A housing deficit refers to a situation where there is an insufficient supply of housing units to accommodate the population’s housing needs.


































Why Lagos State's Housing Deficit Persists Despite Ongoing Construction Boom by Dennis Isong








This shortage of housing can result in issues such as overcrowding, homelessness, rising property prices, and limited access to affordable and suitable housing for individuals and families.










































The term is often used in discussions about urban planning, real estate, and housing policy to highlight the gap between housing demand and supply in a given area.










































Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic and cultural powerhouse, has witnessed a surge in construction activity over the past decade. Skyscrapers and residential buildings have sprung up across the city, seemingly indicating progress and development.










































However, beneath this facade of growth lies a persistent issue: the growing housing deficit. Despite the construction boom, Lagos State continues to grapple with an increasing shortage of affordable housing. In this article, we will explore five key reasons why this housing deficit persists amid the ongoing construction activity.










































1. Rapid Urbanization and Population Growth


One of the primary drivers of the housing deficit in Lagos State is the rapid urbanization and population growth. Lagos has become a magnet for people seeking economic opportunities, leading to an influx of migrants from other regions and countries.


This constant population surge far outpaces the rate at which new housing units are being built, exacerbating the gap between supply and demand.










































2. High Construction Costs


While construction activity is booming in Lagos, the high cost of building materials and labor has a cascading effect on housing affordability. Builders face escalating expenses, which are often transferred to potential homeowners through higher property prices. As a result, many Lagosians find themselves priced out of the market, perpetuating the housing deficit.










































3. Insufficient Infrastructure Development


The rapid construction of buildings in Lagos has not been matched by an equivalent investment in infrastructure development. Essential amenities like roads, water supply, sewage systems, and public transportation are struggling to keep up with the expanding city. This lack of infrastructure diminishes the appeal of newly constructed areas, hindering their potential for affordable housing.










































4. Land Ownership and Land Use Regulations


Lagos State’s complex land ownership and land use regulations further compound the housing deficit. Disputes over land ownership and inefficient land allocation processes can delay construction projects and deter potential investors. Moreover, unclear land tenure systems can discourage individuals from investing in real estate, leaving large swaths of land underutilized.










































5. Limited Access to Financing


Access to affordable financing options remains a significant barrier to homeownership in Lagos State. High-interest rates on mortgage loans and a lack of financial instruments designed to support affordable housing contribute to the housing deficit. Many individuals and families simply cannot secure the necessary funding to purchase a home, even when properties are available on the market.












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Osazee Oyegue to receive NUJ Special award By Elvis Omoregie, Benin



Osazee Oyegue to receive NUJ Special award By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

Osazee Oyegue to receive NUJ Special award

By Elvis Omoregie, Benin






The Founder/CEO of Standard Life Organization Nigeria and the Founder Chairman of Prudent Choice Microinsurance and Standard Life Rwanda, Mr Osazee Oyegue, will on Friday 9th of December, 2023 receive a special award of honour from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Edo State Council.



Osazee Oyegue to receive NUJ Special award
By Elvis Omoregie, Benin




Mr Oyegue, is a microfinance expert, financial expert, administrator and enterpreneuer. He is also a philanthropist and selfless Nigerian who through his organization have help and raised millions of Nigerians out of poverty his relentless pursuit of empowering individuals and communities for financial inclusion have continue to stand him out.







In a joint statement, chairman and secretary NUJ 2023 Press Week Committee, Mr Efosa Uwangue of ITV/Radio and Oliver Ojiogbe of EBS TV made available to Journalists in Benin, said the special award on Oyegue and some other selected Nigerians is in recognition of their various contributions to human development and to the society in their various capacities.






According to the statement, Osazee Oyegue is been recognized for his outstanding contributions to societal development and his capacity to put smiles on the faces of the downtrodden in the society.














The special award will be conferred on him in honour of his numerous contributions towards societal development and capacity to put smiles on the faces of the downtrodden in the society.a

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Every Inch of Eko (Lagos) Was Founded by The Awori: Olofin of Isheri Declares.



Every Inch of Eko (Lagos) Was Founded by The Awori: Olofin of Isheri Declares.

Every Inch of Eko (Lagos) Was Founded by The Awori: Olofin of Isheri Declares.




Sequel and in response to a recent statement made by the Benin oba regarding the historical founding of Eko (Lagos), His Royal Majesty, Oba Sulaiman Adekunle Bamgbade, the Olofin of Isheri and revered successor of the ancient throne of the Aworis’ progenitor, has affirmed to the Awori Heritage Alliance of North America that Eko (Lagos) was undoubtedly founded by the Awori people.





Every Inch of Eko (Lagos) Was Founded by The Awori: Olofin of Isheri Declares.




In light of this confirmation, we, the Awori Heritage Alliance of North America therefore issue the following statement to emphatically and resolutely repudiate the remarks made by the Benin oba concerning the founding of Eko (Lagos) during his courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Marina on Sunday, 26 November 2023.






This statement by the Benin oba is not only erroneous, it in fact constitutes an utter disregard for the centuries old strongly held historical traditions of Eko (Lagos); as well as the documented historical facts on the founding or source of Eko, Lagos.







In his statement, the Benin oba alleged that a “certain area in Lagos, maybe the nucleus of Lagos was founded by my ancestors”. This profound misrepresentation of historical fact actually undermines the rich and verifiable history of the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba ethnic group who are the autochthonous people and founders of Eko, Lagos.






It is imperative to at this point adduce certain highlights from the published as well as archived official historical records of Lagos, as collected from the native historical traditions of the indigenous inhabitants of Eko (Lagos) by the British colonial administrators of Lagos & Nigeria.








The Deputy Chief Secretary to the British Government of Nigeria, Sir Alan C. Burns, GCMG published the “History of Nigeria” in 1929 for the British colonial authorities based on the historical traditions collected in Nigeria from the native sources. The founding of Eko (Lagos) was detailed, and the nature of Lagos’ relationship with Benin was clearly spelt out as quoted below:










“A band of Yorubas, led by a cadet of the royal family, appears to have settled at Isheri, on the Ogun river … the settlers then spread southwards to Ebute Metta, on the mainland opposite Iddo island, where a town was built and farming was begun. Some time after this the inhabitants moved across to Iddo island, … Iddo, however, was scarcely large enough to support the number of settlers, … it was [then] decided to begin cultivation on the neighbouring island of [Eko] Lagos … [When] the first invasion from Benin took place; the inhabitants were fortunate that at this crisis their Olofin, or ruler, was a man of great courage and strong character, and under his leadership the King of Benin’s soldiers were repulsed.








Subsequent attacks met with no better success, and the Olofin gained in fame and influence. He is reputed to have had thirty-two sons, … one succeeded his father as Oloto of Iddo, the title of Olofin falling into abeyance … The custom of the [Eko] Lagos chiefs to wear “white caps” came originally from Iddo, and was introduced by the ten sons of the Olofin, whose successors still wear similar caps.







Some little time after the Olofin’s death there began the peaceful penetration into [Eko] Lagos of settlers from Benin. The Binis probably realised that they would not be able to occupy [Eko] Lagos by force, as they had already been so decisively beaten in their attacks on Iddo, and it is thought that they were also prevented from further aggression by superstitious fear, the dying wife of the Olofin having pronounced a terrible curse on any further invaders from Benin. Whatever may have been the reason, the Binis arrived with no great show of force, and permission was asked of the [Eko] Lagos people for them to land.”








Furthermore, a “confidential” colonial report of the British Intelligence Division entitled “Précis of Information Concerning the Colony of Lagos, Together with Notes on the Neighbouring Native Territories”, compiled in February 1888, unequivocally admits the Awori’s founding role of Eko, Lagos.


This British document which was printed for the archives of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, outlines the arrival of the Bini immigrant group (among other non-native immigrant groups) into Lagos. These non-native groups, such as the Bini group, were able to settle-in on the island only after their sought permission to land was granted by the Awori natives. European coastal trading activities had by circa 1570s transformed the Eko area into a focal point of considerable importance. This development drew in non-native immigrant trading groups such as the Bini group.






All of the above historical information which were collected from the historical traditions of the natives, by the British authorities evidently establish the following facts:






(1) That the Awori (a subgroup of the Yoruba ethnic group) are the autochthonous people of Eko (Lagos), as well as the founders of Eko, Lagos.

(2) That the Bini trading group who visited the area centuries later, and got allotted a piece of the island to encamp (as was done for others) have nothing to do with the founding of Eko, Lagos.

In addition to the foregoing historical facts regarding the founding of Eko, we wish to shed light on another often-misrepresented aspect of our history. This pertains to the identity of the historical Ashipa — the progenitor of the royal dynasty of the Eko kingdom.

This Ashipa is identified without any trace of uncertainty in the classical Awori historical traditions as a Yoruba noble (Awori) from Isheri-Olofin. This historical fact is also documented in the same early records of Lagos history already cited above. The same information is also contained in other early records of Lagos history such as the “Notes of Evidence tendered by Mr. Herbert Macaulay, C.E., At the Commission of Inquiry. Re: The Succession to the House of Docemo” in the year 1920.

The marital-alliance of this Isheri chief (Ashipa) with the family of the then Benin oba produced the first crowned-king of Eko, King Ado. However, we must stress that while King Ado’s ancestry traces also to the then Benin oba through King Ado’s mother; this issue from the marital-cum-political alliance does not confer the founding right of Eko (Lagos) upon Benin kingdom or the Bini people; neither does Ashipa’s tribute of gratitude to his royal-political patron & in-law confer such right.

As has been demonstrated from the original received traditions of Lagos which are also referenced to the earliest official records of Lagos history, it becomes clear that it is blatantly erroneous and categorically misleading to even suggest that Benin kingdom founded any part of Lagos. No! Not an “inch” of Lagos was founded by the Benin kingdom or the Bini people.

Furthermore, the present Benin oba’s snide remark at His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) will not be overlooked. Not only was the remark disrespectful to the person of a permanent Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), a council of which the Benin oba is merely a member; it is also couched with grave historical fallacy. We demand an unreserved apology for this sacrilegious incivility and blatant insult to the cradle of the Yoruba civilization.

We strongly urge the Benin oba to, going forward, desist from making statements such as this which are not only false (as have been demonstrated), but also have the potential to stir up irreparable inter-ethnic strife capable of setting Nigeria on the path of irreversible disharmony & potential balkanization; especially as we are all only slowly recovering as a Nation from the ugly discords of the 2023 elections.

We stand firm in our commitment to preserving and promoting the historical truth and call for a respectful acknowledgment of the same by all parties. We also demand a retraction of this fallacious statement from the Benin oba, and we insist on an unreserved apology to all Awori sons, daughters, kith & kin; His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife; and the Yoruba race as a whole.

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The lies Against DSS DG, Yusuf Bichi and the Truth By Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi.



The lies Against DSS DG, Yusuf Bichi and the Truth

By Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi.



Politics is everywhere and it’s in everything but the bitter aspect of politicking is the Pull Him Down (PHD) Syndrome, a tool used by antagonists to destroy credibility of credible people by spreading unfounded rumours and lies just to smear someone’s image and subject such a person to ridicule in the eyes of esteemed members of the public .

Mallam Yusuf Bichi, the Director General of the Department of State Service, DSS was recently a victim of the PHD Syndrome when a delusional
element, Jackson Ude who on his X (Twitter) handle @jacksonpnb went to the media space to claim that the Director General siphoned an imaginary payment of Thirty-five thousand naira (₦35,000) meant for the payment of wages approved by President Bola Tinubu for personnel of the service.

He also claimed that Bichi would pocket N200million as he prepares to leave the agency he had once retired from and that Bichi’s tenure is the worst in the history of DSS in Nigeria and that the agency’s personnel are angry with him.

This unsubstantiated claims and diatribe against the DG generated controversy in the media space, some gullible element like him who have no idea of how DSS operates deliberately choose to believe him even when the authority of the DSS through Dr Peter Afunaya, Director, PR & Strategic Communications of the Service came to the open to debunk the story and gave an insght into the true situation.

Afunaya, while clarifying the claims said the allegations are entirely false. Part of his statement states, “It wishes to clarify that neither the DG nor anyone acting on his directive has looted staff subsidy grant. No such grant has been made available to the Service and once that is allocated, staff will, as usual, receive what is due them”. Mr Bichi has, in all ramifications, evidently catered for the welfare of active and retired personnel of the service. This is a common knowledge and this could also be verified by the said Ude.

Similarly, the so called “goodbye allowance” which Ude accused the DG of granting himself is non-existent. It is only an imagination of the writer and his sponsors. But assuming the DG is paid any severance package at the end of his tenure, how is that unethical and outside established public service rule?

Recalled Bichi who retired in 2018 from the service, was recalled back and appointed the DG, DSS due to his spartan, accountable, transparent and incorruptible character.

He has remained resolute in running the Service and has shown uncommon commitment in the management of it’s affairs. His top priorities are staff welfare and judicious application of human and material resources. Any misleading narratives to the contrary are therefore unacceptable.”

A foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland Olowu of Owu Kuta, Oba Hameed Adekunle Oyelude Makama, CON, Tegbosun III, who also reacted to the baseless allegations, tesfified to the credibility of the DG and cautioned against dirty politics against the DSS.

Olowu who stated that the intention of the purveyors of the fake news is to cause disaffection between the officers and the DG, maintained that “BICHI” does not take welfare packages of officers and personnel for granted that’s why many operatives and stakeholders wants President Tinubu to retain the services of the DG. This false narrative is dead on arrival because the Service has been enjoying series of packages even before President Tinubu came on board”

Several other groups and individuals including, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria in defending the DG opined that the DSS under the leadership of Mallam Yusuf Bichi operates within the bounds of the law and adheres to international best practices because he is an astute and versatile administrator, a resourceful, a highly detribalized Nigerian, an intelligence officer of immense repute and more importantly a transparent and prudent leader, who possesses a high level of experience and exposure that has no doubt repositioned and made the Service one that Nigerians and the personnel are proud of”.

Bichi whose sterling performance and dedication to duty stood him out as an officer served meritoriously in different capacities such as a State Director, Director in the National Headquarter Directorates of Security Enforcement, Operations, Intelligence, Inspectorate, Administration and Finance, National Assembly Liaison and the State Services Academy Lagos, one of the training institutions of the Service.

Mr. Bichi is no doubt an Intelligence Officer of great excellence. Known for his disposition to mentoring young and upcoming officers, the DG, DSS is astute, modest and has a mien that attracts. He is an urbane man and brings his wealth of experience to bear on his job. This constantly fuels his passion for creativity and innovation. Predictably, this has led to several reforms since his assumption of office as the DG,DSS.

I think by now the purveyors of the fake news and their paymasters would have known the fact that tarnishing Bichi’s image to score cheap popularity and political goal is dead on arrival, no one is saying Mallam Bichi is a saint but his records of achievements over the years attested to the fact that Bichi’s tenure is one of the best time in the DSS because of his leadership style and vision.

In reiterating his mission statement, he said, “my vision is to create a friendly working environment, enhance staff capacities through training and welfare, as well as ensure that the DSS remains a democratically-complaint intelligence agency in Nigeria”.

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