Lagos reviews Ikeja Model City Plan, reiterates commitment to infrastructure development

Posted by News Express | 23 January 2016 | 3,724 times

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Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Wasiu Anifowoshe, has said that  the State Government has commenced the review of Ikeja Model City Plan which became operative in year 2010 in order to ascertain the level of compliance with the provisions of the plan and improve on its gains.

Anifowose explained that the review was part of efforts of the present administration to create a better Lagos where infrastructure would not only be adequate but of high standard befitting its status as a mega city.

He added that the exercise would include the evaluation of the level of performance in the area of infrastructural provision, conflict of land use, transportation, sanitation, security, housing, population, recreation and tourism among others.

The commissioner urged traditional heads, community leaders, residents, traders, corporate organisations and civil societies in and around Ikeja to cooperate with the government officials and others that would be involved in the exercise, especially for administration of questionnaire, interactive sessions with members of the public and other assessment approaches that may be adopted.

Anifowoshe, however, called on stakeholders such as ministries, agencies, professional bodies, non-governmental organisations and individuals to forward memoranda on any matter relating to the review of the Model City Plan to the ministry.

In another development, the Lagos State Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, has reiterated the commitment of the present administration to ensuring even infrastructure development across the nooks and crannies of the state, as some roads embarked upon by the State Government at Ogudu in Kosofe Local Government Area are in the last phase of completion.

The commissioner disclosed this on Thursday while speaking at a Stakeholders’ Meeting with house owners and residents at Ogudu. He explained that the construction of Ligali, Celestial, Boys Scout Way and Adebare roads within the Ogudu Bridge interchange axis will soon be completed and handed over to the government by the contractors, as part of efforts to ease the traffic gridlock in area.

He stated that the meeting was organised by the ministry as part of the all-inclusive policy of this administration to solicit for the support and cooperation of the community as well as sensitise them on the scope of work and the temporary discomfort that might be experienced during the construction period.

While noting that public services such as electricity and water supply would be disrupted in view of the need to relocate the supply cables and pipes, Johnson gave assurance that the services would be restored as soon as possible.

Responding on behalf of the residents, Chairman of the Ogudu G.R.A Residents Association, Group Captain Salami (Rtd.), applauded the State Government for the initiative and promised that residents will support and cooperate with the contractors for a speedy completion of the roads project.

He, however, called on the present administration to rehabilitate other roads in the area, improve traffic management and construct a pedestrian bridge across the expressway in order to eliminate avoidable deaths caused by frequent crossing of the highway by pedestrians in the area.

Also speaking at the meeting, the representative of the construction company, Mr. Soji Akintayo, promised that his firm would be humane in discharging the project, stressing that the company will employ residents of the area that are ready and competent to work with it during the construction.

The contract terms for the construction of Adebare road comes with the inclusion of drains on both sides, streetlight, overlaying of existing asphalt pavement, outfall drain and repairs of walkway on Imam Ligali, Celestial Way and Boys Scout Way.

Source: News Express

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