Lagos seeks memorandum on urban development

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The Lagos State Government has called for a memorandum ahead of the launch of its 30 years Urban Development Policy.

The Urban Development Policy promises to establish a well-organised framework for the management of the built environment in the state, ensuring a more efficient and effective administration of this crucial sector.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on e-Gis and Planning Matters, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development, Dr Olajide Babatunde, made this call at the Agenda Setting Workshop organised ahead of the presentation of the Lagos State Urban Development Policy, held in Lagos recently.

Babatunde said, “Urban policy comes from a master plan perspective, guiding Lagos State Building Control Agency and Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority to give approval, and the implementation is in the institutionalisation and the approval by the legislator. Once this policy is approved by the legislator, it becomes law.

“A policy has a legislative framework that backs it up, it is institutional, also being part of the committee, we called for memorandums, hence receiving 22, we are also expecting memorandums from the Sustainable Development Goals, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, individuals, even everybody generally to submit memorandums as to what they want to see to be part of our urban policies because we need to formalize our policies.”

Earlier, while declaring the three-day workshop opened, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, said when in place, the urban policy would set the agenda for Nigeria and the right tone for the Urban Development of Lagos State.

He asserted that the urban development policy would complement other notable initiatives of the administration to revamp the physical planning sector and birth a 21st-century Lagos Economy.

“Through this workshop, experts in the various fields are expected to give critical inputs to enrich the outcome that we all can own. The Lagos State Urban Development Policy, when fully in place, will complement other notable initiatives of this administration to revamp the physical planning sector in Lagos state and birth a 21st Century Lagos economy. One of the new initiatives is the Certified Accreditor Programme and Structural Integrity Programme, both of which will see to the involvement of private professionals in this sector in regulating the built environment.

“I believe that the Lagos State Urban Development Policy and the CAP will reinforce each other and give much-deserved progress in the system. It is on this note that I wish to formally declare this Agenda Setting Workshop open toward the presentation of an acceptable and sustainable Lagos state Urban Development Policy,” he said.

The Chairman of the Technical Committee on the Lagos State Urban Development Policy, Adekunle Salami, said the workshop would help the ministry and stakeholders co-create a sustainable and creative urban policy.

He further called for collaboration toward achieving the blueprint that would give direction for the next 30 years.

Meanwhile, the Project Director of Arctic Infrastructure, Lookman Oshodi, said the policy was supposed to have come earlier.

He said, “75 per cent of the Lagos city settlement was within the informal setting and only 25 capturing the formal sector, hence the need for inclusiveness in planning. In essence, a simple and realistic policy was important for effectiveness in the process for implementation.”