Why FESTAC Town will be demolished – Nigerian Gov’t

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Why FESTAC Town will be demolished – Nigerian Gov’t

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA), has said buildings across FESTAC Town in Lagos State, whose developers have failed to obtain necessary approval will be demolished.

This was disclosed by Francisca Michael James, FHA’s Head of Town Planning, South-West Zone, when she led a delegation of FHA to the area on Friday.

The FHA delegation was accompanied by a Lagos State task force.

“We are going to demolish especially structures that are on our major roads; the buildings lack structural integrity because they (owners) never came to us for any approval.

“Our professionals did not supervise the constructions, we don’t even know the integrity of structures that they are building on site in this era of building collapse,” she said.

According to James, efforts to stop encroachments and building without approval in FESTAC failed as defaulters ignored ‘stop work’ orders and eviction notices.

She said the last demolition notice served on illegal occupants in the town elapsed 21 days ago; hence, the authority would proposed on mass demolition.

The whole of FESTAC Town was sitting on the same kind of delicate soil but gave assurance that engineering solutions were applied to estates built by the Federal Government to achieve quality and durable construction, she noted.

“Anytime from now when our management gives approval and the task force is ready for us, we will swing into action,” she assured.

She said that FHA had the title document for the total land of 2,24.6 hectares in the FESTAC master plan when encroachers were building on Federal Government land.

Ms James, citing one of the building that will be demolished is that of an edifice under construction on a major road in FESTAC, and after the property was served a “stop work” order and demolition notice, the owner continued building and started painting.

She said that apart from substandard buildings on illegally-acquired land in FESTAC Town, houses were being constructed on road setbacks, drains and other infrastructure.

She said the demolition would begin from 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue and would later be extended up till 11th Avenue.

Alaba Omoniyi, FHA’s South-West Zonal Head of Legal Department, ruled out regularising the areas encroached upon because of the integrity of the buildings constructed on wrong foundations and land gradients.

He said that some of the houses were below the level of the road and could eventually collapse because of soil settings.

The Head of the Survey Unit of FHA, Lawal Umar, recounted how his team was attacked severally on construction sites by some encroachers.

He said that it made it difficult forthe team to work without security operatives.

Why FESTAC Town will be demolished – Nigerian Gov’t

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