Lawmakers Wade in AHOCOL Housing Estate Dispute

By Abuchi Onwumelu

Following the recent dispute emanating from AHOCOL Estate, Awka, the Anambra State House of Assembly members have waded into the misunderstanding and vowed to resolve it.

Intimating the lawmakers about the Estate, the Managing Director, Anambra State Housing Development Corporation, Chief Willie Okafor, said the Corporation de-zoned an open space in dispute at AHOCOL Housing Estate, Awka, to fast track the development of the area.

Fides reports that Chief Okafor disclosed this during a meeting between the House Committee on Public Petitions and the allotees of the Estate at the Legislative Complex in Awka.

According to Chief Okafor, an architect, every layout plan in the state was subject to change at the discretion of the Housing Development Corporation.

He explained that the corporation de-zoned a plot of land in the estate initially designed for a recreation park to a private developer because it had been lying fallow for over twenty years, coupled with the fact that residents of the AHOCOL Estate had not been paying what they were supposed to pay to the corporation.

He told the committee that even if an open space was mapped out for construction of a public institution, a developer still had to apply for him to take full concession of the plot, adding that the alottees of AHOCOL Estate made use of the open space in the area without applying for it.

For his part, the Chairman, AHOCOL Estate, Professor Stanley Udedi, told the committee that all efforts they made to secure approval to use the open space proved abortive.

In his remark, the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Emeka Aforka called on the allotees of the estate to maintain peace, assuring that the committee would resolve the matter amicably.