The Lagos State Government has stated that the Ikorodu Sub-Region Master Plan, which is in its final stages, is envisioned to unlock the socio-economic potentials of the axis as it stands to reap bountifully the benefits of planning and effective land use.
The assertion was made by the Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako during the public presentation of the draft final report of the Ikorodu Sub-Region Master Plan to stakeholders at Ikorodu Town Hall on Tuesday.
Salako stated that the Sub-Region Master Plan was designed to propel the sustainable growth of the area by reorganising the sub-region and infusing it with supporting infrastructure to create a more livable, lively and lovely environment for the Ikorodu population, noting that the Plan, initiated in 2016, had been revived to complement and align with the present administration`s T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda.
He said, “It gives me great pleasure to state that the Ikorodu Sub-Region has, by this noble cause, received the well-deserved attention of the State Government, while its potentials, natural, man-made and human, have been considered, mapped and modelled to achieve the Policy Directives of the Pillars in the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda”.
The Commissioner spoke further declaring that “This project is envisioned as a tool that will provide a Comprehensive Development Policy for the Sub-Region over the next 20 years, because it is designed to focus on ensuring a sustainable and inclusive environment, which includes all spheres of the Sub-Region: Economic, Social and Cultural”.
Explaining that Ikorodu is endowed with well built-up settlements, very rich historical culture, expansive wetlands and rain forest zones that are yet to be fully explored for the inherent and chain potentials, Salako averred that the Sub-Region Plan had incorporated major pivotal projects including the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge, Regional Roads linking the Region with Sagamu, Ogun State and improved Water Transport Ferry Terminals.
Salako disclosed that the just concluded 28-Day Public Display of the Draft Final Plan report and the Public Presentation to stakeholders were aimed at harnessing the benefits of inclusiveness in the Plan Preparation, the outcome of which would be a win-win situation for Lagos State and its people.
The representative of Cityscape Planning Services Ltd, the Consultant for the Ikorodu Sub-Region Master Plan, Mr. Niyi Odetoye spoke on the details of the Plan and addressed questions raised by the audience, which included Paramount Rulers in the axis, former Public Officeholders, Captains of Industry, CDA members and market leaders as well as land developers and other members of the concerned communities.