Lagos plans upgrade of Bariga, Ifelodun LCDAs

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Lagos State Government has said it is upgrading Bariga and Ifelodun Local Government Development Areas as the largest and oldest slums in the state.

According to a statement by the government, the feasibility study for the project was validated in December 2014 when the French Development Agency Board and the Federal Executive Council approved the financing in order to support the state government on the project.

It added that the project, which will be implemented by Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency, was designed to improve the living conditions of the slum inhabitants numbering between 200,000 and 300,000.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule, was quoted to have described the project tagged, EKO-UP, as a partnership between the state government and the French government.

She said the project would include road construction, drainage, two schools in Bariga and Ifelodun, public health centre, water reticulation, pedestrian bridge in Bariga, street lights and recreational parks.

Meanwhile, the state government is inviting investors and consortia of developers to redevelop the Adeniji Adele Housing Estate into a decent multi-storey housing estate with modern amenities to make the area suitable for healthy living.

According to the government, while the investors are expected to prepare and present a technical and financial proposal for the redevelopment of the entire estate into residential, commercial and institutional precincts with lush green open spaces for recreation of the residents, while the state government will provide the enabling environment for this.

LASURA, the agency responsible for preparing and implementing approved state urban upgrading and development projects, is expected to provide guidelines and detailed technical brief on the project for the investors.

The General Manager, LASURA, Mr. Lateef Sholebo, was quoted to have said that over 2,500 units of residential apartments were being planned to replace the existing 720 units, adding that the project was in line with the urban renewal efforts of the government to provide world class facilities and infrastructure for all residents of the state.

He said, “The agency is desirous of redevelopingAdeniji Adele Estate Phase I-IV built over 35 years ago, which is now in a deplorable state and unfit for human habitation. The investors who are expected to source for funds to undertake the project are also expected to develop all structures in the estate in line with the approval proposals providing roads, sewage and drainage within the estate.

“The Lagos State Government and LASURA will provide resettlement or alternative accommodations for the existing allottees of the Adeniji Adele Housing Estate.”

Onabule said the redevelopment of the estate would be undertaken under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement.

She added that the equity contribution of the government to the redevelopment would be 15.54 hectares of land, while investors would provide the required funds for the construction of the housing units, road networks, storm drainage and other basic facilities.

According to her, at the completion of the project, the investors are expected to deliver 2,500 flats in which existing allottees will be the first to be considered for the sale of the units.

“The state government will also be allocated an equitable number of housing units for its equity contribution of 15.54 hectares of land to the project,” she added.

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