Lagos at 50: NTDA unveils Golden Jubilee Residential Housing Scheme

In one of many projects and programmes planned for the Commemoration of 50 years anniversary of creation of Lagos State, the New Town Development Authority has unveiled the Golden Jubilee Residential Scheme.

Located at Sangotedo, along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Pennisula region, the scheme occupied 30.50 hectares of land and is designed to accommodate 5,156 residents.

The design concept is a medium density residential area,with complimentary commercial, recreational and institutional facilities, with all needed infrastructure and facilities fully provided. The scheme will also accommodates more than 300 housing units.

Speaking on the creation of the scheme, the General Manager, New Town Development Authority, Mr Wasiu Akewusola, noted that the scheme was conceived by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, specifically to mark the golden jubilee of creation of Lagos State by the military government in 1967.

“Though, our mandate at NTDA as encapsulated in what I will call our mission is ‘Developing New Towns with Functional Infrastructure,’ which is the hallmark of all our scheme.

“NTDA is saddled with the responsibilities of promoting large scale physical development, site selection for other government ministries/agencies and private developers and also to monitor unauthorised developments within Government estates in liaison with the Ministry for Physical Planning and Urban Development.”

However, Akewusola noted that the peculiarity of the Golden Jubilee Scheme is the type of  infrastructures and amenities that are available, which include perimeter fencing, functional drainage facility, central sewage system that prevented individual residents to construct soak away, including the disposal of waste water.

“Others are water supply/distribution network, water treatment facility, power supply, commercial centre solely meant for the residents and space for school, fire service, estate shuttle park, among others,” said Akewusola.

Besides, he stated that to ensure a liveable environment, allottees are not allowed to construct more that a floor, that is, a ground floor and a floor on top, maximum, while they are free to build to their taste.

Another peculiarity is that certificate of occupancy (CofO) and other documentation have already prepared for the scheme.

“Notwithstanding, the would-be allottees are expected to pay up their money within 60 days of allocation and commence construction as soon as allocation is approve, because government would not allow speculation.

“This is a site where a lot of money had been spent, with all necessary amenities and infrastructure in place. So, what we are expecting are serious allottees and not land speculators,” he stated.

The NTDA general manager also hinted that similar scheme is to be replicated in all divisions across Lagos State. These include Epe, Ikorodu, Badagry, Isheri North.

He listed other achievements at the various division to include Lekki Pennisula scheme 1and2, Abijo GRA, Lekki Pennisula foreshore, ibeju/Iberekodo Industrial scheme, Fairmont Garden and Moremi residential schemes, all in Lagos Island Division.

“In Epe Division, we have Orisan Waterfront, Agbowa mixed scheme, Light Industrial Scheme, Teachers’ Village, Temu and Valley View Mixed development schemes respectively.

“In Badagry Division, we have Amuwo-Odofin, Ijanikin Rose garden, Mosafejo Aradagun and Sunny Field, schemes, while in Ikeja, we Oko-Oba Omole and Fortune residental schemes, apart from the well known Magodo and Isheri residential schemes,” Akewusola highlighted.

The Ikorodu Division comprised of Ikorodu GRA 2 and3 and Millennium residential scheme, located at Igbogbo GRA.