The plan to make Lagos a smart mega city is in full force. Not a single week passes without incidents of demolition in several parts of the state.

As it is, more slum settlements are on the government’s radar and may be demolished as well within this year.

As a matter of fact, the Lagos government has said it plans to redevelop about 100 slum settlements across the state to make them more habitable.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, disclosed this at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing.

He said the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency, LASURA was working towards the regeneration and urbanisation of the state into a befitting megacity that was live-able and economically buoyant.

Ogunleye said this would also help to prevent building collapses as well as reduce urban blight in the state.

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According to him, the Public Private Partnership approach, instead of direct government funding, has been adopted to achieve the slum renewal.

“The agency is shifting attention from the traditional way of tackling slum issues to a more pragmatic approach such as the introduction of tax increment financing to fund infrastructural development in slum areas. LASURA is also working with the Justice and Empowerment Initiative to make slums in the state more habitable,” he stated.

The commissioner said the state government had commenced the process with the upgrade of the Adeniji Adele Estate as a proactive measure to prevent the loss of lives.

Ogunleye also stated that the ministry had adopted a proactive strategy to turn identified activity centres within the state into vibrant and organised areas through the preparation of master and model city plans, adding that to date, eight had been prepared.

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