Lagos Homeowners Seek Shelter

Lagos Homeowners Seek Shelter

Demolition of Houses in Lagos

Last month, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) started demolishing houses in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State. These houses were located in FESTAC Phase II and Abule Ado.

Reasons for Demolition

The FHA claimed that 677 houses violated housing and development regulations and marked them for demolition. Another 744 houses were partially demolished for the same reason. Most of these structures were residential buildings, but some served commercial purposes like hotels and pharmaceutical companies.

Challenges Faced by Homeowners

Since the demolition, homeowners have been struggling to find new shelters for their families. They were given a short notice before the eviction, which caught them off guard and unprepared.

Paul Michaels’ Story

One affected homeowner, Paul Michaels, expressed his frustration. He said, “I can’t believe that I went from being a proud homeowner to struggling to find a place to live. The notice we received was too short, and we couldn’t properly remove our belongings.”

Philip’s Experience

Another homeowner named Philip had to move his family to a hotel after his duplex was demolished. He shared, “I don’t have friends nearby where my family can stay temporarily. So, I had to put them in a hotel while I searched for a new apartment. Staying in a hotel is expensive, and I don’t know how long it will take to find a new place.”

Sleeping at Work

Some victims have resorted to sleeping at their workplaces due to the short notice. Those who own businesses have been staying in their shops while they search for apartments. Others are considering moving back to their hometowns.

Lagos Residents Face Demolition

Response from Lagos State Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, denied claims that the demolition targeted South-Easterners. He explained that the demolished buildings were constructed without approval from any of the state’s agencies and were hastily built during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

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