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LASG to convert Ijora under-bridge to recreational centre

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The Lagos State Government, LASG, has revealed plans to convert the Ijora under-bridge to a recreational to enhance the quality of life for the citizens in the state.

Following a five-day eviction notice served on squatters at the bridge, the Lagos State Government recently cleared up shanties in the area and is now set to put a face-lift as part of infrastructural development in the state.

LASG through the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, stated that the government will continue to prohibit shanties in areas of the state. Wahab lamented that block moulders, fuel sellers, and miscreants occupying the space under the Ijora bridge pose a security risk which hampers development in every society.

The Commissioner, who revealed that the cleared space will be used for the benefit of Lagos residents said, “Following the expiration of the Commissioner’s five-day notice to unauthorised inhabitants of the Ijora Under-Bridge, the Special Task Force, under the direction of ACP, Bayo Sulaiman, executed the removal of makeshift structures and subsequently, the Lagos Waste Management Authority swiftly commenced the removal of debris.

“This initiative, however, extends beyond mere demolition and clearing. Guided by the directives of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a team comprising the General Manager of LASPARK, Hon. Adetoun Popoola; the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlende; and the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Abiodun Ogunleye, has embarked on a mission to transform this area into a recreational space.

“This endeavour aims to restore the public space for the benefit of Lagos residents, with community members also participating in the inspection and planning process.

“The transformation of Ijora Under-Bridge is poised to complement the adjacent National Theatre Complex’s ongoing refurbishment, and further enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Lagos.”