The Lagos State Government has indicated its readiness to deliver the Ikorodu sub-region Masterplan as the proposed development plan for the area reached Stage Three of the Draft on Friday.
Speaking during the technical presentation of the masterplan by the town planningconsultants, Cityscape Planning Services at the Nigeria Institute of Town PlanningHouse, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja, the Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako said that when completed, the Master Planwould address physical planning challenges brought about by the growth of the sub-region over the years.
He explained that the Ikorodu sub-region Masterplan, like all others, is essential in curbing the haphazard and unplanned developments in the area, adding that the masterplan would drive socio-economic growth in the sub-region for the next 20 years as well as guide present and future development of the region.
Dr. Salako said, “The masterplan will bring about an organised, orderly, livable and sustainable environment, where adequate consideration is given to social infrastructure, sustainable housing, interconnectivity and functional transportation system, drainage and environmental management, among others”.
Noting that the plan has made the stage three of the draft, which precedes preparation of the final masterplan, having gone through the interim and baseline report stages, he urged members of the Technical Committee drawn from different focal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to go through the report and ensure its compatibility with the recommendations they had given in line with their respective mandates.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba, expressed his satisfaction with the progress made so far towards preparing the Ikorodu sub-region masterplan, saying that the relevance of such plans to the development of the State informed the Ministry’s strategic role in the achievement of the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of the government.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Arc. Foluso Dipe enjoined members of the Technical Committee from MDAs to view their inputs in the masterplan vigorously as there could be no meaningful plan without proper scrutiny.
The Chief Executive Officer, Cityscape Planning Services, Mr. Niyi Odetoye said that as part of stage three, the Ikorodu Sub-Region Master Plan would go through a 28-day public presentation in the nine catchment Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas after which the final report, which would have incorporated all comments and observations, will be presented for the State Government’s validation.
The Ikorodu Sub-region Masterplan covers the following LGs and LCDAs – Ikosi Ejinrin, Igbogbo Baiyeku, Imota, Ikorodu North, Ikorodu West, Agboyi-Ketu, Ijede, Ikosi-Isheri and Ikorodu Central.