The Nigerian Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has announced its intention to demolish a total of 677 houses in Phase 2 of Festac Town, located in the Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos State. An additional 744 structures will also face partial demolition due to violations by a developer, as revealed by FHA’s South-West Zonal Manager, Mr. Akintola Olagbemiro.
During a visit to the affected area to assess the extent of non-compliance with building regulations, Mr. Olagbemiro expressed concern about the persistent construction on swampy land without meeting the necessary requirements, despite prior notifications and stakeholder meetings.
He stated, “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 of FHA, Urban and Regional Planning, Southwest, Francisca Michael-James, emphasized that multiple notices had been given to residents, yet construction activities continued without regard for the law. She outlined the upcoming enforcement measures, including the removal of structures obstructing roads and pipelines set back.
Michael-James explained, “The first thing we are doing is to clear the road; some of the buildings will be partially demolished for the right of way. 677 houses will be demolished, and 744 will be demolished partially.” She highlighted the legal consequences for violators, mentioning penalties for building owners and potential charges for the cost of the demolition operation.
With the support of security backup, the FHA aims to swiftly implement the enforcement measures to address the unauthorized constructions and restore order in Festac Town. The agency underscores the importance of creating a more compliant and secure living environment for the community.