Edo housing agency names, shames chronic debtors


The Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) has embarked on a ‘name and shame’ campaign against chronic debtors at the Edo House, Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, noting that the tenants have been owing rent and service charges for a while.

A statement by the Executive Chairman, EDPA, Isoken Omo, revealed that the debts, comprising rent and service charge, run to over N88.6m, a development that has made it difficult for the agency to renovate the property and meet its statutory obligations to the Lagos State Government such a land use charge and other rates.

According to her, “The general public’s attention is by this notice drawn to the list of tenants in Edo House, Lagos who have been owing their rent and service charge for a while. This has become necessary as all avenues provided by EDPA for the debtors to pay has been unsuccessful.

“This is to encourage them to pay so that Edo State Government can meet its obligations as a responsible landlord. Their refusal to pay is hampering the state’s abilities to renovate the property and meet its statutory obligations to Lagos State Government on Land Use Charge and other rates.”

The debtors according to her, include, Opi Opia & Associates, whose contact person is Philemon Owupele I. A., owing N737,880.00 rent and service charge of N400,000.00; Harami Limited, with Mr Bernard Okpakor as contact person, owing N2,160,000.00 rent and N640,000.00 service charge; Unique Eye Centre, with Dr. Joe Owie as contact person, owing N1,320,000.00 rent and N230,000.00; Garkuwa General Merchants, with Alh. Umar Sadauki as contact, owing N790,000.00 rent; Energy Base Field, with Mr. Segun Ilori as contact person, owing N1,556,750.00 rent and N392,000.00 service charge.

Others are Fairbond Holdings Limited with Mr. Kenneth S. Odonghanro, owing N54,480,000.00 rent and 2,420,000.00 service charge; Stephanie Aganmwonyi owing N220,000.00 service charge; Petrolog Nigeria Ltd, with Chief Vincent Ebuh as contact person owing 6,400,000.00 rent, among others.