In line with the order from Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, directing the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to reclaim the encroached alignments of the Lekki Regional Road, the state government has revoked the land titles and planning approval on sections of Elegushi Royal Family land.
The affected sections of the land fall within the designated Right-of-Way (RoW) of the road which is about to be constructed.
According to the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, the revocation is meant to remove all impediments to the ongoing construction.
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“The part of the Elegushi Chieftaincy Family layout, which falls within 29 coordinates in the 500 hectares approved for the family in the 1991 Lagos Metropolitan Master Plan, was found in the alignment” he explained.
“Consequently, take notice that by virtue of Section 21(1) (a) of Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2015, I hereby revoke in part, a section of Elegushi Chieftaincy Family Layout that falls within the established coordinates.”
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Salako noted in his statement that the ministry is acting on the governor’s orders to mop out all structures including private housing estates and shanties that encroach the Right of Way, and invoking the necessary sections to cancel the planning approval on layout captured in the affected coordinates.
Sanwo-Olu had flagged off the construction of the 8.75 kilometer-long road on Saturday, and given the supervising ministry the orders to reclaim the alignments that were gazetted for the road.
As part of the Lagos Metropolitan Master Plan, the road is a precursor to the proposed fourth mainland bridge, which the governor has said will start in early 2021.
Kudos to the Lagos State Government on giant strides in road constructions. However the LASG should endeavour to complete the Road projects in the Ikorodu Environ as scheduled to bring the necessary relief to the areas.