Ijora Under-Bridge to turn recreational centre – Commissioner

The Lagos State Government has announced plans to transform the recently cleared Ijora Under-Bridge into a recreational space.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, disclosed this in a post on his X handle on Wednesday.

He said following the expiration of the five-day quit notice to unauthorised inhabitants of the Ijora Under-Bridge, the Special Task Force, under the leadership of ACP Bayo Sulaiman, executed the removal of makeshift structures after which the Lagos Waste Management Authority swiftly commenced the removal of debris.

“This initiative, however, extends beyond mere demolition and clearing,” he said, noting that “A team, comprising the General Manager of LASPARK, Adetoun Popoola; the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, 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.”

“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.

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

On February 3, 2024, reported that the state government commenced the destruction of illegal shanties occupied by squatters under the Ijora Causeway Bridge.

Sharing videos of the demolition on his X handle on Saturday, Wahab stated that the enforcement team was led by  Sulaiman under the directive of the state governor to dislodge the squatters and clear the area.

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