Lagos slum re-gen­er­a­tion aims at re­duc­ing home­less­ness — Com­mis­sioner

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

The Lagos State Com­mis­sioner for Phys­i­cal Plan­ning and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, Abi­ola Ani­fowoshe has ex­plained that the Lagos State gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to re-gen­er­ate slums in the state is aimed at re­duc­ing home­less­ness among res­i­dents of the af­fected ar­eas.

Ani­fowoshe dis­closed this to Daily Trust cor­re­spon­dent, at the work­shop on United Na­tions Habi­tat III – Ur­ban Thinkers Cam­pus- TheCity We Need in Lagos.

He said the gov­ern­ment has taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, the plights of those who may be af­fected if the slum dwellers are sim­ply chased out.

“The United Na­tion has iden­ti­fied 100 slums in Lagos. The re­spon­si­bil­ity of the agency is to re-gen­er­ate the iden­ti­fied slums and make them hab­it­able for res­i­dents. We don’t just want to chase peo­ple out which may lead to mass home­less­ness. And we have ex­tended the re-gen­er­a­tion ef­forts to five slums across the state and we are go­ing to do more.

“In Isale-gan­gan for in­stance, we brought to­gether about 25 fam­i­lies, who were liv­ing in shanties and bun­ga­lows. We asked them to come to­gether and do­nate their lands. We then em­bark on re-gen­er­a­tion of the com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vide them with world-class fa­cil­i­ties needed and even re­lax­ation in­fra­struc­tures like swim­ming pool among oth­ers.

“While the re­newal was on, the peo­ple were re­lo­cated to good apart­ments free of charge. And when we are through, they will be re­lo­cated back to their re­spec­tive house­holds va­cated,” he said.

Ani­fowoshe added that the Ur­ban Thinker Cam­pus Fo­rum which is an ini­tia­tive of UN Habi­tat’s World Ur­ban Cam­paign was con­ceived as an av­enue for crit­i­cal ex­change of ideas be­tween ur­ban re­searchers, pro­fes­sion­als, lo­cal gov­ern­ments, grass­roots com­mu­ni­ties, pol­icy mak­ers and all stake­hold­ers to de­velop so­lu­tions to ad­dress ur­ban chal­lenges and pro­mote sus­tain­able ur­ban­iza­tion.

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