Lagos to convert Ijora under-bridge into recreational centre

Lagos destroys shanties, dislodges Ssquatters under Ijora bridge.

The Lagos State Government has disclosed that it plans to turn the Ijora under-bridge into a recreational centre.

On Saturday, the government destroyed illegal shanties and structures under the bridge.

In an update on Wednesday, the state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, via a post on his X handle revealed that the cleared space will be used for the public benefit of Lagos residents.

“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. 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 #jidesanwoolu and HC #tokunbo_wahab, 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,” he said.

“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.”

According to him,” The transformation of Ijora Under-Bridge is poised to complement the adjacent National Theatre Complex’s ongoing refurbishment, symbolizing a comprehensive ‘Renewed Hope’ approach to urban regeneration, and further enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Lagos.”

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