Olusegun Ariyo

The commissioner for the ministry of physical planning and urban Development’s, Dr Idris Salako has said the sub-region master plan, which is in the final stage is envisioned to unlock the socio-economic potentials of the ikorodu as it stands to reap bountifully the benefit of planning and effective land use.

Dr Salako made this disclose at the public presentation of the final draft copy report of the ikorodu master plan to stakeholders at ikorodu town hall on Tuesday.

Continuing, Salako said the sub-region master plan was designed to propel the sustainable growth of the area by re-organising the sub-region and infusing it with supporting infrastructure to create a more livable, lively environment for the inhabitants of ikorodu.

He said the plan, which was initiated in 2016  in 2016 had been revived to complement and align with the present administration’s THEMES Agenda.

 “This noble cause has received the well-deserved attention of the state government, while its potentials natural, manmade and human have been considered, mapped and modelled to achieve the policy directives of the pillars in the THEMES agenda”.

He said the project is envisioned as a tool that will provide a comprehensive development policy for the sub0-region over the next 20 years, adding that it is designed to focus on ensuring a sustainable and inclusive environment which includes all spheres of the sub-region, economic, social and cultural.

Idris put further that ikorodu is endowed with well built-up settlements, very rich historical culture, expansive wetland and rain forest, all those were yet to be fully explored for the inherent and chain potentials.

“As one of the major socio-economic hubs of Lagos state and the fact  that ikorodu has witnessed rapid urbanization, which includes the metamorphosis  of major agricultural lands to other uses, such as residential, commercial and industrial, there is dire need to review land allocation pattern and infuse space efficiency.”

His word: “The sub-region plan has incorporated, major pivotal projects including the proposed fourth mainland bridge, regional roads, linking the region with Sagamu, Ogun state and improve water transport, specifically ferry terminals”.

The region with an estimated area of 48,058.25 hectares, comprising seven local council development areas is bedevilled with challenges such as extensive land encroachments, slum formation, uncoordinated dredging activities and declining agricultural activities.

He said the report is an important document which envisages being a development guide for sustainable and economically efficient development of ikorodu adding that the 28 days display of the final draft plan and the public presentation to stakeholders was aimed at harnessing the benefit of inclusiveness in the preparation of the outcome.

Those that grace the occasion include the former head of service, prince Adesegun ogunlewe, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, former secretary to the state government Mr olorunfumi Bashorun, president ikorodu chambers of commerce and industries. Others include oba Adewale Abdul, the orugbo Iddo kingdom and oba nelson Ogunlana, the Olowu of owu-ikosi and igbo-igbo local government  chairman, builder sesan Daini  

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