Lagos population can’t support low density devt ─ Govt

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The Lagos State Government says it is gradually shifting from the policy of low density development to increased density development.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Olutoyin Ayinde, said such shifting was what was obtainable in other places in the world with large population like Lagos State.

The commissioner spoke on Tuesday in Alausa, Ikeja, while explaining government’s reasons for constructing blocks of flats at the Omole Estate Phase II Residential Scheme.

He said, “We must appreciate that Lagos is constrained of land and yet has a population above 22 million. This population cannot be accommodated in low density development ─ it is not suitable.

“We must begin to shift from the policy of low density development to increased density as done in other places in the world if we must accommodate the people and their activities. Our Ikoyi and Lekki areas have been experiencing this increased density over the last few years.”

The commissioner explained that before the construction of the buildings started at Omole, the government operated within the provisions of the Physical Planning, Urban Development, Urban Regeneration and Building Control Law 2010.

He added that the government had done nothing wrong by the construction, which he said was part of the Lagos HOMS project to increase shelter for Lagosians.

He appealed to the residents of the state, especially house owners at Omole Esate Phase II, to support the government in its bid to regenerate the state.

He said, “Government can only appeal that the citizens be tolerant in the process of change. Like many other HOMS projects, it will be perfectly finished and be environmental friendly.”

The commissioner added that there was nowhere Lagos HOMS was situated that such infrastructure as road network did not follow. He said the project would benefit its immediate environment.

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