Accountant Emerges Winner of Win-A-Home-Today

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 An accountant has emerged winner in the maiden edition of Win-A-Home-Today lottery organized by the Home Lottery Limited in conjunction with Locke homes & MTN.

Chioma Joy Oruh, a Lagos based Accountant who emerged proud owner of a 3-bedroom bungalow at Gold Estate, Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos, which cost N13.5m, expressed her joy during the presentation of keys to the home on Tuesday.

“It’s still like a dream. I played the lottery last year. Right now, I’m speechless but I’m happy and I want every other person out there to also play and benefit from this one in a lifetime opportunity.

“I want to thank the organizers and to tell Nigerians that this is real,” she enthused.

Speaking at the presentation, Oladayo Oyelaja, the lead advocate of Dreamview Enterprise; an activation agency for the home lottery limited operators of the “Win A Home Today”, said the company is determined to give out more houses through the lottery scheme which is going to be a monthly affair.

According to him, the initiative is strategically designed to advance and complement the government’s target of achieving housing for all citizenry.

He said winners are expected every month and everybody can be part of the exercise by just texting “Home’ to 718 on their MTN line when they have over N250 credit.

He explained that the procedure for picking eventual winners is strictly monitored to ensure that the process is not manipulated. Speaking further, Oyelaja said regulatory agencies like the Consumer Protection Council, Lagos state lottery board and as well as other independent bodies are involved during the draws to pick winners.

According to him, approval was sought from the Consumer’s Protection Council and also Nigerian Lottery Commission. “You can’t just put up all these together, there are steps and there are procedures to ensure that all the checks and balances are right,” he said.

Director of Locke Homes Properties Ltd, Idowu Bakare in his address said home ownership in Nigeria is incredibly hard. He added that the promo gives those who have no option at all some glimmer of hope.

“We are looking at being a part of the solution to assist the government to mitigate housing problems for Nigerians,” he stated.

He said the lack of affordable mortgage availability has been a big problem confronting the affordable housing scheme in the country. “People haven’t been able to afford the deposits required to secure a mortgage and, put simply, if people can’t buy, builders can’t build.

“That there’s a need for more affordable housing in Nigeria is beyond question. The government needs to ensure new schemes are implemented swiftly and effectively so that as many developers as possible are up and running with them at the earliest opportunity,” he said.
He said the lack of affordable mortgage availability has been a big problem confronting the affordable housing scheme in the country. “People haven’t been able to afford the deposits required to secure a mortgage and, put simply, if people can’t buy, builders can’t build.

“That there’s a need for more affordable housing in Nigeria is beyond question. The government needs to ensure new schemes are implemented swiftly and effectively so that as many developers as possible are up and running with them at the earliest opportunity,” he said.

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