Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, immortalised the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, by naming the newly completed housing estate located in Ikeja Government Reserved Area (GRA), after him.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Housing Estate, Fashola said the honour was in recognition of Anyaoku’s contributions to the development of the Nigerian civil service and attainment of the nation’s democracy.
Anyaoku who cut the ribbon himself to unveil the estate said, “I am very humbled by this very kind gesture of Lagos State government led by Governor Fashola. To have this housing estate named after me is a great honour that will be celebrated across the Niger and this part (western) of Nigeria.”
Speaking on the housing estate, the commissioner for Housing, Bosun Jeje, described the housing project as another mile stone in the state government’s quest to provide decent housing for the people.
He said the estate is made up of 10 blocks, nine of which have eight units of Maisonnettes each, while the 10th block comprises 7 units.
The commissioner said to make the estate functional and self-sustaining, complimentary infrastructure such as paved network of roads, car parks, mini water works, electricity and properly landscaped environment have been provided, with perimeter fencing and manned gate houses to enhance security.
Bosun said the piece of land on which the estate is sited had for long served as refuse dump, “thus the top soil was very loose and had high concentration of degradable materials upon which no enduring structure can be placed.
Therefore several soil tests were conducted as layers of soil were removed to ascertain the suitability of the land for this housing project before it commenced”.
In another development, Fashola also officially handed over a two-storey Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Mosan-Okunola local council development area (LCDA) in Alimosho, bringing to two, the number of such facilities tagged flagship Primary Health Care centers in the state.