AMBODE’S KEY REDEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES FOR LAGOS EXPLAINED!!!
At the recently held Ministerial Press Briefing of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, key redevelopment plans of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ange the face of L key redevelopment plans of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode were explained in explicit terms. lopment, key rdevwere explained in explicit terms. According to Prince RotimiOgunleye the Honourable Commissioner for the Ministry, the redevelopment plans were geared towards repositioning Lagos as not just a mega-city but a functional mega-city. While Lagos is currently regarded and rated as one of the mega-cities of the world because of its population which has exceeded the 7million population mark, the city still lags behind other major mega-cities of the world like Singapore, Mumbai, Beijing and others in the areas of functional infrastructure. According to Ogunleye, Governor Ambode is ultimately committed to ensuring that Lagos becomes a functional mega-city hence the huge investments in infrastructure upgrade and urban renewal of the city. Here are five major redevelopment plans of Governor Amobode as explained by the Honourable Commissioner.
Ogunleye explained that in view of the resilient city status and the attainment of a smart city status where socio economic growth would be more evident, the Lagos State Government via the Ministry of Physical Planning have identified what it calls activity centerswithin the state with a view to get them organized into functional neighbourhoods. “To date, 8 Master and Model City Plans have been prepared namely; Lekki Comprehensive Master Plan, Badagry Master Plan, Ikoyi-Victoria Island Master Plan, Ikeja City Plan, Alimosho Model City Plan, Mainland Central Model City Plan, Apapa Model City Plan and Agege-Ifako Model City Plan”, Ogunleye explained. According to the Commissioner it is gratifying to announce that in the last one year, 4 additional Master and Model City Plans were prepared and would be ready for public use by the end of the second quarter of 2018. “They are the Epe Master Plan, Ikorodu Master Plan, Oshodi-Isolo Master Plan and the revised Ikeja City Model Plan. It is also worthy to mention that on completion of the procurement process, the proposed Kosofe Model City Plan would be awarded also before the end of 2018”, he hinted. He added that bearing in mind the dynamic nature of physical planning, the Lagos State Government is also reviewing the Approval Orders of various Government Residential Schemes such as Lekki Scheme 1 as well as Magodo Scheme 1 & 2 which are currently nearing completion stage.
A critical look at the revised Ikeja Model City Model Plan (2017-2036), key investment opportunities for real estate development experts have been identified. They include: Opebi Park, Construction of Opebi/OdoIya-Alaro link bridge, Water transportation from Alade market through OdoIya-Alaro to Lagos Island/Victoria Island and multi-level car parking at the following areas: Opebi/Oregun roads junction, Mobolaji Bank Anthony/Kodesho junction and other identified mixed use corridors.
Granting of layout for both Public and Private Estates are within the purview of the Ministry of Physical Planning and over the last one year, 32 Layout Plan Applications were registered and a total of 13 provisional and final layout approvals were granted. Ogunleye explained that last year, 2 development guides in Igborosun Excise Village in Badagry LGA and Ikola-Odunsin in Alimosho LGA were reported. “I wish to inform that these have been completed while the Itoikin in Epe LGA, Lakowe and Fidiso Village in Ibeju-Lekki LGA are now under preparation”, he says.
AMNESTY PERIOD FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT VIOLATORS
In order to clear the backlog of applications and encourage regularisation of developments without permits, the Ministry has provided a window of opportunity with a six months amnesty period which started from the 1st of March and to end by the 31st of August 2018. Penal fees which should be paid on Building Assessment Charges are to be waved during this period. The Commissioner explained that real estate developers and property owners are enjoined to take advantage of this rare opportunity to obtain permits and certificate of fitness on their developments. He added that also, developers who desire to commence construction while perfecting their land documents with Lands Bureau can do so now by applying for a Provisional Approval with their family land receipts duly stamped upon payment of stamp duty. When the Title Document is finally perfected, the developers would then apply for final planning permit. “It might interest you to know that from April 2017 to March 14, 2018, out of a total of 2,023 planning permit applications received, 1,237 permits were granted.”
INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL & UPGRADE
8 Right of Way for the construction, reconstruction of roads and new transport routes as well as utility lines to facilitate easy movement of people, goods and services were recovered. They include: Alapere/AgboyiKetu network of roads, Irede Road in AmuwoOdofin LGA, Proposed LAMATA Oyingbo Bus Terminal Development, Alhaji Akinwunmi Street in Mushin, Igbogbo/Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way in Ikorodu, Agric IshawoKonuArepo Road in Ikorodu and the Lagos-Ogun State boundary network of 21 roads in Alimosho LGA.
URBAN RELOCATION ACTIVITIES
“The Lagos State Government has embarked on the construction of a Sawmill at Timberville, Agbowa/IkosiEjinrin LCDA to relocate the Okobaba Sawmill in Ebute-Metta. It will be recalled that this project is a government venture at no cost to the Sawmillers. Phase 1 of the project is now ready for operational take-off save for the provision of additional transformers and the completion of the link road. The Ministry is now in talks with the Lagos Mainland Sawmillers Association; Association of Planning Machine Operators, Association of Engineers, Welders, Blacksmiths and Rewinders; Wood Turners to move their equipments to this site”, Ogunleye explained. He added that the Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA) is working tirelessly towards the regeneration and urbanization of Lagos. In order to prevent imminent collapse and as part of its proposal to develop 100 slum settlements across the state, the LASURA is upgrading the Adeniji Adele Estate as a proactive measure to prevent the loss of lives. The Lagos State has thus paid N6.6million to 12 of the 30 families who were displaced due to the on-ongoing redevelopment project of Adeniji Adele Phase 1 Housing Estate on the Lagos Island as rent for the year 2017/2018. This is after the initial N18m paid as rent to the 12 families in 2014.
PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION
Work has reached advance stage to compensate house owners in the underlisted areas among others: Orile/Badagry Road Expansion, Agric Ishawo Road in Ikorodu, Epe Road Expansion Project (Phase 2) in Ipakodo-Igbogbo-Igbe Road, MurtalaMuhammed International Airport Road, Free Trade Zone Resettlement Land Lekki Coastal and Adiyan Waterworks Phase 2.