Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday, said the continuous operation of the Federal Housing Authority, FHA, as the country’s national housing programme anchor, was a curse on the 1999 Constitution.
Speaking at a meeting with Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, personnel and induction of 250 special Traffic Mayors including the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr. Oluranti Adebule in Ikeja, Fashola saidthe federal government had no business owning a housing estate in Lagos.
Responding to a question on why the roads in Festac Town were left in terrible state, Fashola said: “We have unresolved issues with Federal Housing Authority, FHA, concerning Festac Town. Some of the taxes and land charges are collected by the Federal Government without giving the state any share. That was why I said that FHA is an anathema to the 1999 Constitution.
“I don’t see the reason the central government that doesn’t own land in Lagos State, should manage a housing estate in the same state.
“I know that FHA was created during the military administration. Now in the civilian administration, this is one of the laws that the National Assembly needs to urgently amend or repeal to bring them to conformity with the current dispensation.
“I don’t know why the central government gets itself involved in the provision of housing when it doesn’t have land.”