An urban renewal scheme for Lagos State Government to regenerate identified communities on Lagos Island is coming soon, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said.
Sanwo-Olu restated this when he paid a visit to one of the urban regeneration centres, saying Lagos truly needs regeneration especially on the Island.
The governor assured residents of the affected areas that his administration would ensure a complete renewal of the community, emphasising on building of drainage channels, road upgrade and construction to ease vehicular movements of people and goods.
Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Sanni Eshinlokun, some members of the State Executive Council, including the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, went round the Onala playing ground, the demolished Jankara market, the Isale Gangan regeneration site, Adeniji Adele, Ebute Elefun and some areas around Idumagbo designated for redevelopment.
The governor, during his electioneering last year, spoke on the need for urban renewal especially in some communities on the Lagos Island.
“When you want to regenerate people’s properties, they must first see sincerity of purpose – what are the additional plans that you have for them before you could regenerate,” said the governor.
He assured Lagosians that his administration would provide a stop gap for at least two to three years after a proper enumeration.
He also assured the state that his administration would work out a proper model before embarking on the project to ensure strong confidence
Salako described the Lagos Island regeneration plan as an important focal point for urban renewal of the Sanwo-Olu administration, noting that it is the heart of Lagos-Isale Eko is a historical centre of the state.
Salako said the government has also considered its potential for socio-economic and cultural revival, noting that the regeneration of Isale Eko will bring up its thriving arts and cultural vibes with local markets and commercial activities.