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FHA to begin mass demolition in FESTAC

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) is set to commence demolition of substandard buildings across FESTAC Town in Lagos State.

Mrs Francisca Michael-James, FHA’s Head of Town Planning, South-West Zone, made the disclosure on Friday when she led an FHA delegation to FESTAC Town.

Michael-James said they reached the decision as efforts to stop encroachments and building without approval in FESTAC had failed as the encroachers  ignored ‘stop work’ orders and eviction notices.

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

She said that 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.

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

“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 that FHA had the title document for the total land of 2,24.6 hectres in the FESTAC master plan.

The FHA exec also noted 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.

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