Over 650 Houses to be Demolished In Festac Town Area In Lagos

Over 650 Houses to be Demolished In Festac Town Area In Lagos

Over 650 Houses to be Demolished In Festac Town Area In Lagos

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has revealed that it intends to demolish 677  houses in Phase 2, Festac Town, Amuwo-Odofin region of Lagos State. Additionally, 744 dwellings would have part of their  structures dismantled due to development violations.

According to the source, Mr. Akintola Olagbemiro, the South-West Zonal Manager of FHA, said this while visiting the impacted area to gauge the  degree of building disrespect.

According to Olagbemiro, despite letters and stakeholders’ meetings, the developers have continued to build on the swampy land without meeting the requirements.

He said: “After so many years of trying to get into the property belonging to FHA, which we labelled as Festac Phase 2. There has been encroachment and illegal development and it’s turning the place into a slum. We are trying to see how best we can resolve it and make people live in a more serene environment. Unfortunately, there have been cases of illegal developers and land grabbers.”

Deputy General Manager, FHA, Urban and Regional Planning, Southwest, Francisca Michael-James, said: “We have given the residents several notices but to our surprise, works are still going on, without regard to the law.

With our management’s approval, we can now request more security and begin  enforcing it. We will begin demolishing buildings from the roadways and pipeline setbacks.

“We’ll also demolish the buildings that were  built following the stakeholder meetings,  when it was decided that everyone should  hold off until after our assessment was  finished. 

However, some of them persisted in construction and came to the  conclusion that while regularization is inevitable, it is not automatic. Those who did not meet the requirements for regularization will now have to leave.

Speaking about the penalties for violators, she stated: “Operations that involve  demolition are legally required to result in penalties for the building’s owner as  well as fees for the expenses incurred in carrying out the work. In the unlikely event that any of the buildings fall, the landlord will face  manslaughter charges; nevertheless, accusing the agency will come first,  which is why we wish to enforce the law. Enforcement will shortly be completed.

“We are clearing the road first; some structures will need to be substantially removed  in order to make room for right-of-way. There will be a total of 677 dwellings destroyed and 744 partially destroyed.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.