FG, Lagos State team up to address declining foundation in Festac Town

The Federal Government and Lagos State Government have made plans to team up to address the degeneration of foundation in Festac Town, a bureaucratic lodging home arranged in Amuwo-Odofin zone of the State.

They had vowed to address the test of over the top property improvement and absence of office in the lodging bequest.

This goal was the result of a gathering between the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Senator Gbenga Ashafa, on Wednesday.

This signals a conclusion to the waiting difference between Lagos State and the Federal Government over the issue.

Ashafa, who drove high ranking representatives of FHA including its Executive Director for Business Development, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, on the graciousness visit to the lead representative, introduced 4 association solicitations to the Lagos State Government, which incorporate information sharing and innovation move, participation on foundation conveyance, and fast goal of advancement emergency in Festac Town.

Sanwo-Olu portrayed the advancement emergency in Festac Town as horrendous, calling attention to that the populace development and flood of individuals prompted the degeneration of the area. He additionally said the disappointment of oversight on exercises of property engineers in Festac Town mutilated the first ground breaking strategy of the zone.

He said, “Festac Town as it is today is not what it looked like from the 1970s to 1990s, given the degeneration of infrastructure and the unpleasant development observed in the community. The original master plan did not consider population growth, which reflected in the calibre of allottees that got the property then. As a result of the lack of monitoring and enforcement, people took advantage of this weakness to build indiscriminately on every available space.

“I think we can still correct this irregularity and regenerate the entire area for healthy living and business, now that the Federal Housing Authority is headed by a highly knowledgeable indigene of Lagos. Once the Federal Government is ready, Lagos State will cooperate fully and work through our Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on the agreed plan. We are ready to give a waiver on statutory issues that may aid the progress of this move. Lagos is not the owner of the estate but we have a sense of duty to prevent the depreciation of the asset on that corridor.”

The Governor also conceded to FHA’s request to collaborate in the area of technology transfer, pledging to work with the federal housing agency to raise its capability by creating an electronic solution that would further ease allocation of property, land administration and approval of survey plan.

Sanwo-Olu expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, for the choice of Sen. Ashafa as the Managing Director of the federal housing agency, noting that the FHA boss’s tenure as Executive Secretary on Land Matters in Lagos boosted the value of land and property in the State.

Ashafa, on his part, said FHA was ready to resolve all lingering crises delaying the re-modelling and regeneration of Festac Town, expressing confidence that the mid-way approach adopted by the agency would yield a positive outcome for both the Government and residents of the estate.

He described his meeting with the Governor as productive and fruitful, pledging to take the discussion further. He also acknowledged that all the 4 issues they presented were taken in by the Governor positively.

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