Lagos To Rebuild Apapa–Iganmu Slum
LAGOS State government Saturday said it would soon begin work to rebuild the Apapa–Iganmu slum, with the aim of improving standard of living for the residents in the area.
State Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello, who disclosed this shortly after monitoring the February edition of the monthly sanitation exercise, said the government had captured the densely populated area in its urban renewal plan.
Reacting to questions on the parlous state of the area, Bello said government has at no time abandoned the region.
According to him: “The situation of the area is not new. It has been existing for years. We know what the government has done in the last few years, especially in terms of road and drainage construction.
“We need to understand that Apapa-Iganmu LCDA is a slum. The community is below the sea level and it is not conducive for living.
“It started as a settlement since the creation of Apapa ports.
People migrate there and erected structures on the drainage. And I know what the present government has done in the last few years through interventions funds from the World Bank and others. While constructing the road, the drainages also constructed collapsed in few months.
“That was why the Lagos State government commenced the rebuilding exercise of the community. And it started with the housing project in
Ilu-Eri,” he said.
Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Ganiyu Johnson, added that the state government started road construction in that community with Cemetery Road and the next would be Gasikiya Road.
“And once Gasikiya road is completed, we will move to Obanle and
Fadaini road. They were not neglected by the government,” he said.
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