RAMPANT MANHOLE COVER THEFT IN FESTAC TOWN.
My good people of Festac. I greet you all.
It has become so worrisome the rate at which manhole and drainage covers are stolen in Festac almost on a daily basis.
Few days ago had a discussion with the FHA Zonal Manager Architect Akintola Olagbemiro on the issue.
We rubbed minds together and brainstormed on what to do.
The Zonal Manager then in company of some of his Senior Officers paid a visit to the Seriki Hausa of Festac Alhaji Mustapha Musa.
After a brief meeting the Seriki assured the Zonal Manager and his team that he will alert his men who are in charge of security in the Hausa Community some of which are Police Volunteers.
On getting back the office the following day it was discovered that two manhole covers in front of FHA office were stolen overnight.
I made a personal visit to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Festac Division to alert him on this issue of frequent theft of manhole cand drainage cover with vandalisation of vehicles.
He promised to intensify patrol with his men.
On getting out of the police station I discovered the two drainage covers close to the police station have been stolen.
Just two nights ago I led a patrol team of vigilante we patrol from 2.00am to 4.30am. We reached areas like 201, 202, 3rd Avenue, 512 Road, 721 Road, 71/ 72 Road, 23 Road, 24 Road, 322 Road, 312 Road, 511 Road... just to see if we could see any of the thieves on operation. We ended the patrol as it seem they were not out to operate that morning.
As God will have it luck ran out of some of them as they were caught cornered by the vigilante group of the Seriki Hausa around the Second gate/ Agboju axis while they were pushing the trucks laden with manhole covers.
They were paraded today at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) office this morning were they later handed over to the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) who are in charge of protecting Federal Government assets.
The civil defense has promised to prosecute the suspects.
One of the buyers of the stolen manhole was also arrested and he promised to take the civil defense to other buyers of the manhole and drainage covers.
We shall keep you updated on further happenings.
Please let's all be watchful and be security conscious.
Thank you all and God Bless.
FESTAC ROAD REHABILITATION.
Good morning my good people of Festac Town.
I wish you all a happy weekend.
The situation of our roads in Festac is so terrible that we just have to look for urgent solution to save our cars from constant damage and to save our time wasted on the roads as sometimes we withnes unnecessary traffic gridlock and accidents.
We are not sleeping on this issue. We have been in talks with both Federal and State Government on a rescue mission for Festac Town Roads.
Whichever one that comes first shall be welcome by us.
Meanwhile we are also in collaborative effort with the Federal Housing Authority who promised to support the Association in the effort to do some parliative/relief measures on the road pending proper rehabilitation.
While FTRA is still mobilizing funds and individuals to support the parliative works FHA has swung into action and they have started stabilizing some damaged roads in Festac.
Let me say here that the top Management of FHA in Abuja and the South West office in Lagos have reached and advanced stage in discussion with Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to rehabilitate some roads in Festac Town with interlocking paving stones and asphalt where required.
This will soon commence as we are following up with FHA Management.
Meanwhile we say kudos to FHA for blazing the trail and kicking off with the parliative works first .
More reports as e dey happen.
The Festac Basketball Foundation (FBF) was defeated 70-58 by the AJ Nava Seals in an exhibition match played on Wednesday at the newly renovated court on 23rd Road in Festac Town.
Notably, both teams were evenly matched in the first half of the game. However, FBF fell to the visitors in the third quarter and struggled to get back into the game.
Nelson Uwaoma (Mutombo), team captain, spoke for his team when he said, “We had a great game today. It was a friendly competition with the Ajegunle (AJ) Naval Seals. They came from AJ, and we had a good game.