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Fashola names housing estates after Anyaoku

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Image: Newly-constructed Ikeja Millemium Housing Estate - Insert Emeka Anyoku Flagged 3rd left by Babatunde Fashola



Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday immortalised Emeka Anyaoku, former secretary general of the Commonwealth, as he named a newly completed housing estate within the Ikeja Government Reserved Area (GRA) after him.

He said the honour was in recognition of Anyaoku’s contributions to the development of the Nigerian society. 

With the governor’s pronouncement, the newly inaugurated housing estate which stands beside the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters is now known as Emeka Anyaoku Housing Estate.

Speaking before cutting the ribbon to officially open the housing estate, Anyaoku himself 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.”

Fashola also on Tuesday 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 facility in the state. There are plans by the state government to build 57 new primary health centres, one each in the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas of the state. 

The commissioned health facility built by Mosan-Okunola LCDA, according to Abdulrashid Mafe, the council chairman, and Yewande Adeshina, special adviser to Fashola on public health, and meant to be the first point of call for the local residents, will treat cases of malaria, typhoid, TB, handle HIV/AIDS test, provide antenatal services and child birth and several others and will refer only cases that cannot be treated at that level, to general or specialist hospitals.

Speaking on the housing estate, Bosun Jeje, the commissioner for housing, who described the housing project as another milestone in the state quest to provide decent housing for the people, 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. 

He said to make the estate functional and self-sustaining, complementary 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”

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