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FESTAC Residents Cry Out To Fashola Over Deplorable Road Conditions

Festival Town Residents Association (FTRA) has appealed to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to include rehabilitation of the roads across the federal housing unit in the 2019 budget so that the Federal Housing Authority in FESTAC can have a pool where rehabilitation and construction of roads within the estate can be taken care of.

Speaking with journalists recently, president of FTRA, Shola Fakorede, said that residents in the town have continued to groan under years of neglect of their roads by the federal and Lagos State governments.

He stressed that most of the roads have been abandoned since 1977 when FESTAC Town was built and are increasingly becoming a night mare for most residents in the area.

He noted that FESTAC suffers from a terrific abandonment by the governments. “There are no functional infrastructures. Public infrastructures that still exist are in appalling conditions. Notable of these infrastructures are the network of roads,” Fakorede said.

He asserted that driving on the roads in FESTAC are very bumpy and unpleasant expeditions – no thanks to the various roads there that are replete with crater-size potholes, eroded road surfaces and collapsed portions of some roads.

He posited that the entire roads in the community, as well as basic infrastructure in the community, are completely in deplorable conditions and urgently need the quick intervention of the federal, Lagos State government and the local government.

He noted that although FESTAC Town is being managed by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), it is very obvious that FHA is handicapped by funds to provide the infrastructural developmental needs in the area.

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Fakorede disclosed that the resident association has held several meetings with FHA and the challenges they have are huge, adding that the agencies cannot do anything on their own and more worrisome is that fact that there are no provision for them in the budget to take care of their infrastructural needs.

Fakorede said that “as the resident association, we have spent ¦ 88 million to repair some of the bad roads and built a convent for the people. We cannot do all the roads, we are paying ground rents every year to the Federal Housing Authority and is incumbent on them, the state government and the local government to help repair the bad roads.”

He claimed that the association has written to some of the private organisations in FESTAC to carry out their social responsibility but they have not yielded to its call, adding that the association will begin to picket those organisations until they see the need to help at this crucial hour of need.

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