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Groups bemoan conversion of recreation centres to commercial use in Amuwo Odofin

By Kehinde Olatunji
31 December 2021   |   3:27 am
The Centre for Leadership and Creative Entrepreneurs in Africa and Initiatives for Urban Regeneration have called for a joint intervention of the Lagos State and Federal governments to address the lingering legal feud...

The Centre for Leadership and Creative Entrepreneurs in Africa and Initiatives for Urban Regeneration have called for a joint intervention of the Lagos State and Federal governments to address the lingering legal feud between the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and the Amuwo Odofin Royal Family, saying it has hampered development in the area.
 
The groups also described as aberration the diversion of existing recreational centres for commercial use in the axis, urging the FHA under the leadership of Senator Gbenga Ashafa to address the situation.
  
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the President/Founder, Center for Leadership and Creative Entrepreneurs in Africa, Amb. Kingsley Nwanze and Executive Director, Initiatives for Urban Regeneration, Comrade Babatunde Olagunju, while commending Ashafa for his strategies geared towards maintaining the peace of Festac Town in Amuwo-Odofin area.
  


They urged the management of the FHA to reclaim the spaces meant for recreational needs of the people without further delay, adding that available spaces could be modernised, by engaging interested parties through collaborative urban regenerative actions for the purpose of recreation that will positively engage the youths and provide ancillary services to the people.
  
The groups tasked the concerned strata of government on the need for prompt intervention in the lingering legal tussle between FHA and Amuwo Odofin royal family.
 
The statement reads: “We want to appeal to the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Government under Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to speedily intervene in resolving the issue impeding the development of 6th Avenue Market and Mechanic Village.  
 

“The existing legal issue between the Amuwo Odofin Royal Family and Federal Housing Authority is impeding commencement of works at the site.
 
It adds: “A lot of spaces designed to make the axis serene and habitable have been turned into commercial spaces not minding its implications. Most of the recreational spaces have been turned into undeserving commercial hubs.
 
“We emphatically state our unflinching support for the present management of Federal Housing Authority led by Senator Gbenga Ashafa in his resolve at re-implementing Festac Town original master plan.”
  
“Blessed with state of the art infrastructure like good road networks, alternative power supply, functional street lights, functional recreational facilities, functional primary healthcare facilities, organised commercial hubs, public libraries, etc. unfortunately, most of these facilities are now rustic and a recipe for history.”