Lagos, FG to address decline of FESTAC town

The Federal Government and Lagos State Government have agreed to address the degeneration of infrastructure in FESTAC Town – a federal housing estate situated in the Amuwo-Odofin area of the state.

The resolve was the outcome of a meeting on Wednesday between Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

A statement said this signaled an end to the disagreement between the state and the Federal Government over the matter.

The governor described the development crisis in FESTAC town as “unpleasant”, pointing out that the population growth and influx of people led to the degeneration of the neighbourhood.

He explained that the failure of oversight on the activities of property developers in the community distorted the original master plan of the area.

He said, “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 an agreed plan.”

Ashafa, a former senator representing Lagos East, said the FHA was ready to resolve all lingering crises delaying the re-modelling and regeneration of FESTAC town.

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