An estate developer, Mr Kennedy Okonkwo, has constructed a N30 million road in Lafiaji area of Lekki, Lagos State.
Okonkwo, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Nedcomoaks Limited said the road was part of his contribution towards solving transportation problems in his immediate environment.
Speaking at the inauguration of Victoria Crest Estate 1, built by his company, Okonkwo said: ‘’I built the road without the support of the community and government to solve transportation problems within the community.‘’
He appealed to the government to provide land and other incentives for real estate developers to solve housing problems in Nigeria.
His words: “The government needs to rise up to its responsibility to ensure that financing is made available to developers. Government needs to partner with notable and qualified developers to make sure that land is readily available for them to build affordable houses and also build infrastructure like roads. When people have more roads made available, developers can go to different areas in satellite towns and government will take accolades for it.
“We have been able to create employment directly and indirectly for over 2,000 Nigerians in different areas. That constitutes most of our achievements. When people have employment, insecurity and crimes will reduce because people are employed. We have also been able to achieve developing communities because we have built roads and houses in many communities.
“We can meet housing needs effectively when there is finance. When developers have financing, they can assist government in providing housing for many people in Nigeria. When government gives additional incentives to developers in terms of land, it will help developers to build more housing units for people in different parts of the country.”
Source: The Nation