Hard times await those who lives under flyovers bridges in Lagos State as Governor Raji Fashola (SAN) has owed to reclaim all the lands from those he described as illegal squatters and miscreants in the different parts of Lagos.
This was coming as the governor disclosed that the Lagos new city, The Eko Atlantic, will only accommodate 250,000 residents and 150,000 commuters daily on completion.
Adressing Lagosians through the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, Fashola disclosed there is no going back in his administration’s determination to reclaim all lands under the flyover bridges from those described as “illegal squatters and miscreants”, to complement his ongoing ‘Greening Programme’ across the state which he said was geared towards improving the aesthetics of the environment.
He disclosed that landscaping has already commenced in places like Iganmu, Ijora Olopa and Apapa among others.
According to him, the beautification programme of the government is being appreciated by Lagosians which he said has created skilled professionals in the areas of gardening, architecture and landscaping.
“Today, several thousands of jobs have been created through the various beautification projects”, he said.
On the Eko Atlantic City, Fashola said on completion the city will not experience flooding or any encroachment from the atlantic ocean unlike what was experienced at the bar beach coastline along Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island.
Speaking further he said that reclaimed land from the lagoon has expanded to 3,081,050 square meter as at June, 2012 while the volume of sand pumped rose to 8,081,050 cubic meters since the second phase of the reclamation project commenced in October, 2011.
He said the overall area for reclamation as approximately 1,037.763 hectares.
On the progress recorded in transportation sector, Fashola argued that the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) scheme has helped to reduce traffic congestion in Lagos pointing out that 39million commuters have enjoyed the services of BRT in various destinations within the state, since the scheme commenced five years ago.
He said soon the BRT services will be extended to Ikorodu and other parts of Lagos.
Fashola disclosed that his government is currently working with the organised private sector to improve business environment in Lagos state.
According to him, “the two parties have been meeting under a new initiative of corporate assembly during which captains of industries, the diplomatic community and the OPS exchanged ideas.
“They laid down their complaints, they get government responses and together we chart a new way forward”, he said.
He said no doubt that the education and health sectors have also received commendable supports from his government.