The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has assured to re-integrate some affected structures into the estate after embarking on the demolition of structures illegally erected and in variance with the standard layout in FESTAC Town in Lagos State.
It could be recalled there was outrage penultimate week when FHA began its demolition exercise of marked affected structures in estates across the country starting from 9th avenue in FESTAC Town in Lagos.
Responding to the cries of some protesters, the Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority FHA Senator Gbenga Ashafa disclosed that the agency has started receiving various appeals from affected individuals.
The managing director who earlier had a meeting with stakeholders at the zonal office in Lagos briefed newsmen that the agency would not compromise its professional standards while considering some affected buildings.
“We have started receiving various appeals from affected individuals. As a responsive administration with human feelings, management may have to consider alternative settlement, but must not compromise professional standards.” He said.
Reeling out the conditions before the affected individuals could be re-integrated, Ashafa who was represented by the agency’s Executive Director, Project Implementation, Engr. Chinoso Omoke said: “Such structures must have passed integrity tests. Where original allottees land have been taken, compensation must be fully paid, re-survey carried out, penalties paid before we can integrate them into our estate.”
He reiterated that the agency would not rest on its oar in the bid to forestall loss of lives by clearing buildings that have been structurally challenged.
“May I also state that the exercise is ongoing and not limited to 9th Avenue alone. We are entering all parts of FESTAC Town, including all ours estates in Lagos and across the nation.” He said.
Speaking on behalf of the residents, the president of FESTAC Town Resident Association (FTRA), Mr Shola Fakorede said the purpose of the demolition was aimed at the development of the estate.
He commended the agency for considering reintegrating those who have the proper documents to claim their building.
“So, development is what we want, but unfortunately, those who have encroached on the right of way, I’m sorry, the government has done what the government has to do.”