The Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA) has engaged stakeholders on the Slum Improvement Plans and Intervention Projects in Somolu, Bariga, Ifelodun, Ijora, Badia, Ikota, Olusosun, Alausa and Surulere communities.

Speaking at the stakeholders’ forum organised by the Agency and held at the Radio Lagos/Eko FM Marquee, the Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Dr. Idris Salako, assured owners, developers and residents of the areas that the improvement plan will bestow true value to life, land and investments in the communities.

According to him, the forum is one of the creative ways by which the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development reaches out to the target beneficiaries of various developmental projects with a view to planning with them rather than planning for them. 

He said the government has ensured active participation of stakeholders throughout the course of developmental projects from the initiation, formulation, execution, monitoring and review, enjoining stakeholders to exercise patience and embrace the development brought to their doorsteps in order to optimise the set goals for the general wellbeing of the residents. 

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr. Ayuba Adele, urged the community to take ownership of the projects for sustainability, advising them to see the projects as their own and protect them adequately after completion.

Speaking also at the event, Mr. Rotimi Olowo, representing Somolu Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, appealed to the communities to cooperate and support LASURA while creating the Right of Way in the course of execution of the projects.

Enjoining stakeholders to cooperate and support contractors on site, while taking ownership of the intervention projects, Olowo thanked Governor Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu for the laudable projects in his Constituency and other parts of the State.

The General Manager of LASURA, Ms. Ajibike Shomade, explained that her Agency had been working tirelessly to ensure that the statutory responsibilities of the Agency are well executed through a thorough evaluation and rebuilding of objectives.

She also explained that the Regeneration and Intervention Projects would help to avert urban decay by bringing back development and improvement in the socio-economic status of residents of the degraded areas.

According to her, in preparing for holistic development of blighted areas, the agency has declared 11 areas for redevelopment, including Ilasan Housing Estate (60 hectares), Ikota Housing Estate (53.793 hectares), Makoko (72 hectares), Obalende (16 hectares), Shomolu/Bariga (part of 225 hectares) and Ifelodun/Badia (part of 510 hectares), amongst others.

“The Intervention was targeted at making Lagos a 21st Century Economy in accordance with T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of Mr Governor. The Agency has designed a clear process and template on Urban Renewal in Lagos that would attract other stakeholders to partner with LASURA on reducing slums in the State”, Shomade said.

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