By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
In a bid to fulfill promises made to Lagos residents, the State Government has introduced a new policies on its Homes Ownership Scheme (Lagos HOMS) application process.
Among the new policies introduced by the government on Lagos HOMS was mandatory provision of tax evidence by all applicants.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Wasiu Akewusola, announced the new policies during a Management staff meeting in his Ikeja office on Monday.
Akewusola stressed that the State government will only entertain request for housing from residents that presents their applications in accordance with the new policies.
According to him, the documents that would accompany all applications made to the ministry must include photocopy of Lagos State Revenue Receipt and bank deposit slip, Assessment notice from the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) as well as Electronic Tax Clearance (e-TCC) Card or three months salaries pay slips with corporate Identification Card of the employees.
“Prospective applicants for either outright purchase or rent to own scheme are advised not to forward any application that does not include any of the aforementioned documents as such requests will not be accepted”, he said.
The Permanent Secretary said: “no tax defaulters would have the opportunity to embark on Housing transactions with the Ministry and its agencies”.
Akewusola also affirmed that “unless applications are backed with evidence of payment of personal income tax, they will not be entertained”.
He explained further that housing construction and provision of infrastructures in the state are financed by tax payers money and it is only right that beneficiaries of these projects must have contributed their own quota to the revenue of the State government.
Akewusola, while reiterating the commitment of the present administration towards providing affordable and quality homes, said that the ultimate goal is to bring more Lagosians on the homeowners ladder.
The Permanent Secretary, however, enjoined residents to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the State Government in prioritizing the completion of all uncompleted housing projects in order to increase the stock of available homes in the state thereby reducing the housing deficit.
He then assured the general public that all applications completed with all required documents shall be promptly considered.
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