Lagos - Some residents of Gowon Estate in Lagos have appealed to the Presidential Implementation Committee on Federal Government Property to extend the deadline it issued for paying up on government quarters sold to them.
The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that it had become obvious they would need more time to tidy up the payment process.
NAN reports that the Implementation Committee had in an advertisement published in a national daily on Sept. 26, given all those allotted the houses 60 days to pay up.
The deadline is to expire on Nov. 24.
According to the tenants, all those allotted the houses are sitting tenants and some have paid rents for more than 20 years on the same apartment.
The residents said that they had approached the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board to seek for loans to pay for the houses since the allocation letters of those houses were issued to them in 2011.
They said that they were still waiting for the approval of the loans.
They, however, told NAN they were optimistic that their loans would be approved and appealed to the implementation committee to give them more time to finish with the Loans Board.
They said that the Loans Board had earlier written to the Implementation Committee on their behalf and had assured the committee that the loans would be disbursed directly to it.
They said that it was on the strength of this letter from the loans board that they had not sought other means to pay for the houses.
The residents said that the Committee also acknowledged their letters from the loans board and had agreed to send their house documents to the loans boards as collateral.
They said that they were taken aback by the sudden advertisement, giving them 60 days to pay up, since the two agencies involved were Federal Government arms that could work together.
“I was shocked when I read the publication because I thought the two agencies involved are government agencies in the Presidency and which should respect correspondences from each other.
“The two agencies in the presidency should not suggest that they are not working harmoniously,” one of the residents said.
The residents appealed to the Implementation Committee to give them more time to complete their arrangements with the loans board.
Officials of the Loans Board in Lagos confirmed to NAN that applications of the residents were at an advance stage and approval could be given at any time for the disbursement of the loans to the implementation committee.
“Yes, their applications are being considered by the board and their loans will be paid to the committee as soon as they are ready.
“That has been the practice in our relationship with the Implementation committee. We have worked with them over the years and we have a good relationship,” an officer in the Lagos office of the Loans board said.