Lekki residents urge Lagos State government to tackle flood, infrastructure deficit
President of Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), Mr. James Emadoye, has urged the Lagos State government to adopt proper physical and urban planning measures to tackle the environmental challenges in Lekki and surrounding communities.
Emadoye said this at a recent meeting convened by the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, for the review of the Lekki master plan developed by the state government.
In his address, Emadoye observed that the Lekki community does not have adequate infrastructure to accommodate the rising number of businesses, residents and property in the axis.
He blamed frequent sea dredging and land reclamation activities in various parts of the Island for the worsening flood challenge in Lekki and stressed the need for strict regulations by the state government to tackle the issue.
Emadoye, while reiterating the association’s commitment to partnering with the state for the development of communities in the Eti-Osa/Ibeju Lekki axis, appealed to the state government to intervene and regulate the indiscriminate demolition of structures and sealing of premises in the Lekki environs.
In his address, Salako said that the state government is developing a master plan to make the state a 21st Century model city in line with the United Nations (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He said the meeting was necessary because the 2013-2033 Lekki masterplan, which the state government had implemented by 80 per cent, is to be reviewed every five years as mandated by the law.
The commissioner noted that the ongoing review would assist the state government in dealing with challenges impeding the master plan’s implementation.
He added that at the completion of the review, the master plan might be amended and renamed, while its lifespan would be adjusted to 2022-2042.