Work on the multi-million-naira housing project for the Second African and Black Festival of Arts and Culture has been delayed because of an industrial action and shipping problems.
GV PAN Village site under construction
GV Gowen and party up steps
SV & GV Site engineers show Gowen building plans
CU Guards talking with workers ZOOM OUT TO SV
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Gowen down steps
GV & SV Guards follow and workers walk through village site and Gowen waving to crown (3 shots)
SV Gowon waving at cheering workers (3 shots)
Initials BB/1725 FC/AH/BB/1750
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Work on the multi-million-naira housing project for the Second African and Black Festival of Arts and Culture has been delayed because of an industrial action and shipping problems.
The Co-ordinator of the project, Mr. Simon Shodipo, explained this to General Yakubu Gowon during an inspection tour of the village on Saturday (22 Match).
Mr. Shodipo said about 20 per cent of the houses in the village would not be completed in time for the Festival...due to open in Nigeria later this year.
He blamed construction delays of two months on strikes by building workers demanding civil services pay increases. He added that this was aggravated by the constant congestion at Lagos Port.
The village will accommodate some 150,000 people -- more than two thirds of those expected at the Festival.
However, General Gowon re-assured Festival officials that there would be no accommodation problem.