The Lagos State Government has assured that it would not uproot residents of Makoko in the bid to regenerate the sprawling waterfront community which covers Mainland and Somolu Local Government Areas of the State.
The assurance was given in Alausa on Thursday by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako when he received residents of the area who were led on an advocacy mission by the Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI).
He emphasised that the Administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, being people-oriented, had never been in support of displacing residents from their homes, even as it becomes imperative to upgrade slums in the State.
He stated that the people had always been central to the developmental efforts of the State Government as encapsulated in the THEMES Agenda, adding that Makoko would not deviate from this objective.
Salako stated further that in order to guide the development of the axis, Lagos State had developed an Action Area Plan, covering Oko-baba and Makoko among others, while the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency(LASURA) had declared and adopted Makoko as an Urban Regeneration Area, alongside 10 other communities in the State.
He assured that Government would continuously engage the people towards ensuring that proposals to redevelop the community had inputs from members of the makoko community.
Buttressing the Commissioner, the General Manager Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency, Ms Ajibike Shomade urged members of the community to ensure that their plans for the development of the community complement government proposals.
Earlier, the Executive Director of the Justice and Empowerment Initiatives, Morgan Chapman praised efforts of the Lagos State Government and solicited for community participation towards redeveloping makoko.
Baale of Makoko, Chief Yusuf Kumayo,expressed satisfaction with the resolve of the State Government and pledged the cooperation of his community with the Government.
Assistant Director, Public Affairs
16th October, 2020