By Kingsley Adegboye
The Lagos State Government has approved over N200 million to resettle the former occupants of the site acquired for the construction of 1008 units of flats at Ijora Badia. Governor Babatunde Fashola who disclosed this when he visited the illegal dump site being regenerated by his government promised to resettle the displaced inhabitants of the area.
The Governor who interacted with some of the former occupants told newsmen after that provisions have been made for each of the former occupants. He asked them to bring their names and account details so that issues of mix ups do not arise about the original occupiers.
He enjoined those involved to contact the office of the Attorney General of the State who is in charge of the disbursement of the funds.
While responding to a question on when the first set of blocks would be laid at the site, the Governor said the construction technology has changed from what it used to be in the past.
“Today, the construction technology has changed. The drain is constructed off site, they bring the mechanical shovels, excavate, put the drains in and your road is almost half done. It is the same way we have approached this housing project”, he said.
“Yes, there is not a lot of work going on site here; there is also a lot of work going on off-site. The form work which the Professor was explaining to us that makes four blocks in one vibration sequence instead of one block, the form work that makes the block with the conduit already laid inside the blocks so that the electrical fittings and the conduit pipes can be installed at the time that the blocks is being laid are all being prepared off-site, he explained.
“So, in the next few months as they’ve explained, the first buildings will be on this site but the work is being done mentally and technologically off-site so that when they deploy, everything goes on smoothly”, the Governor stated.
According to the Governor, the benefits from such a technologically driven approach are quite germane. “Just as the Professor was explaining to us that traditionally, it takes about one person a day to lay about 100 blocks. With this system, you can do a thousand blocks a day, so, you would see that you are gaining 10 times efficiency.
“Over time, we will now write a manual hopefully from them about a Nigerian developed system for efficient, cost effective saving mass housing delivery, then we are on our way”, the Governor added.