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Disobedience to Court Order: Retiree petitions Fashola

A retiree, Mr. Dan Awodoye, has petitioned Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) over an alleged disobedience of the Federal Housing Authority to a court’s order.

In a letter dated 19th March, 2018, written through his lawyer, Abiodun Layonu (SAN), Awodoye, who is a retiree of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said the Federal Housing Authority has refused to allocate a 3 bedroom bungalow he paid for about 21 years ago to him.

The petitioner said he paid N778, 000 to the Federal Housing Authority in 1997 for allocation of a 3 bedroom bungalow at Isheri Olofin 3 Estate, Federal Housing Authority Satellite C Housing Scheme, Isheri, to be used as a private residence after his retirement.

He further disclosed that upon his retirement on 8th August, 1998 at the statutory age of 60 years, he was under serious pressure from his employer to vacate the government quarters he is occupying while in service.

He added that he was later told that the government quarters he is occupying has been acquired by one, Chief Obianodo Vincent.

This he claimed prompted him to file a suit before Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Lagos on the 16th of May, 2000, wherein he sought an order of specific performance against the Federal Housing Authority to immediately provide him with the accommodation he had paid for.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Federal Housing Authority, the Attorney General of the Federation and Chief Obianodo Vincent were joined as co-defendants in the matter.

“On the 16th of June, 2017, judgement was delivered in respect of the subject matter action where the court granted an order of specific performance against the Federal Housing Authority in respect of the contract to provide the plaintiff with a 3 bedroom bungalow or providing the plaintiff with an alternative suitable accommodation comparable to the allocated 3 bedroom bungalow.

“It is in this view that we therefore on behalf of our client urge you to use your good office to ensure prompt compliance with the court’s order particularly taking into consideration the age of our client who has diligently served this nation in his prime.

“Our client should therefore not be allowed to suffer in his old age when he should be enjoying the fruits of his labour”, the petition reads.

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