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Lagos government plans to establish 4 more Islands

In a bid to improve Lagos Gross Domestic Product (GDP) the Lagos state government has approved the establishment of four additional Islands to attract investments.

The state government stated that the Islands were approved after a thorough review of both economic benefits and ecological impacts of reclaiming shorelines across Lagos.

The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Yacoob Ekundayo Alebiosu, stated this weekend in Alausa, Ikeja, while presenting the ministry’s scorecard since assuming office, to commemorate the first year of the second term in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He said the state government has received proposals from four investors, seeking to set up the Islands to make the state a preferred destination for investors.

“The following under listed proposed Islands/Estates have also been approved by Mr Governor for reclamation work. However, the proponents are still perfecting their documentation and payments.

The Islands are Aishasul Island, Xavier Properties Limited, Cowrie Shore and Palava Yard.

He said while the government is considering the proposals from the investors, it promised to continuously strengthen its regulations towards preventing any ecological impact on Lagos waterfront to assist the investors connect their Islands.

Alebiosu added that the state governor has approved construction of 13 new jetties to aid water transportation in the state.

The commissioner also revealed that the new Jetties are additions to the seven Jetties commissioned and handed over to Lagos State Waterways (LASWA) last year by the governor.

He added that the jetties will open up more reclamation opportunities for the creation of waterfront schemes and improve connectivity in the coastal areas.

The commissioner added that the jetties would aid inspection of existing schemes and prevent creation of slums, ensure eco-friendly and beautify waterfront schemes and restore sanctity to the Lagos master plan.

He added that Illegal reclamation works/shoreline extensions, unsafe and non-conforming developments were sanctioned during the period under review while Stop Work Orders were issued with six arrests made and the perpetrators handed over for prosecution according to extant law.

“The ministry also continuously engages in effective inspection of various waterfront activities in order to ensure total compliance of enforcement with state government’s waterfront laws. This is to achieve sustainable management and development of state waterfronts and the resources therein.

“Following non-compliance with the stipulated laws and guidelines of the Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Stop Work Order, were issued to illegal operators across the state waterfronts by the ministry,” he said.