– The federal government has been advised on the sale of the 15-storey federal secretariat complex in Ikoyi area of Lagos
– The call was from the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers
– The federal government was urged to collaborate with the Lagos state government to sell the building
Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Lagos branch, has advised the federal government to collaborate with the Lagos state government to sell the 15-storey federal secretariat complex in Ikoyi to save the national monument from further deterioration. NAN reports that Johnson Akinwande, the branch chairman, said both governments should reach an agreement on the facility without further delay. It was gathered that Akinwande explained that earlier moves by the federal government to sell the asset to private individuals failed because the buyer wanted to use it for purposes that contravened the Lagos master plan for the area. He also called for integrity tests and proper environmental impact assessment of the facility.
The complex, said to have been abandoned since 1991 following the relocation of the country’s capital from Lagos to Abuja, is now a shadow of its former self. Built in 1976, the facility which served as the engine room of the federal civil service, is virtually in a ruinous state, stripped of doors, windows and other fittings, a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) check has revealed.
A section of the building formerly occupied by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) which was gutted by fire is yet to be renovated. Contacted for his comment, Dickson Onoja, the director of public buildings in the federal Ministry of Housing, Abuja, said the property was no longer under the control of the ministry.
Onoja said the Presidential Implementation Committee on the sale of federal government landed property in Abuja was in a better position to speak on the status of the secretariat.
He said: “The federal secretariat buildings in Ikoyi are no longer ours and no longer under our control as it is one of the buildings sold off some years back. I am told issues came up in relation to development control, building plan approvals and permits which are under the jurisdiction of state government.”
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the Nigerian Senate blocked the proposed sales of national assets by the executive arm of government. Members of the Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber registered their displeasure at the Senate on Wednesday, December 20, over the government’s proposed plans to sell the national asset.