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Lagos to relocate 900 residents from distressed buildings

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The Lagos State Government is taking proactive measures to address the issue of distressed buildings, particularly the 900 Housing Units at Adeniji Adele, to prevent potential disaster.

Special Adviser to the Governor on e-GIS and Urban Development, Dr Olajide Babatunde highlighted these efforts during a ministerial briefing in Lagos on yesterday.

The government he said plans to relocate residents in batches to ensure their safety. The relocation process has already commenced, with priority given to occupants of buildings that have collapsed.

Dr. Babatunde emphasised the need for a phased approach due to financial constraints, acknowledging that the current administration may not complete the entire relocation within its tenure.

To address the housing crisis, the government intends to construct new buildings on adjacent land in Adeniji Adele.

“By relocating groups of residents, demolishing and rebuilding structures, the aim is to gradually accommodate all affected individuals. While the initial focus is on 98 housing units, the long-term goal is to address all 900 units over successive administrations.”

Acknowledging the challenges faced by residents, particularly those in sinking houses, Babatunde said, “the government is actively resettling individuals and covering their rent expenses. Additionally, plans are underway to rebuild Obalende, with legal backing from a court ruling, and consultations are ongoing with residents to ensure compliance with building standards.”

The government is also committed to relocating Computer Village in Ikeja to Kantangwa and the Oko-Baba Sawmill in Oyingbo to Agbowa. Efforts have been made to provide suitable housing, such as two-bedroom units, for those affected by the sawmill relocation.

Building owners are encouraged to participate in the 90-day amnesty programme initiated by the state government to expedite the approval of their building plans. This initiative includes rebates to facilitate compliance with regulations and enhance overall urban development.

By implementing these comprehensive strategies of the Lagos State government, we aim to address the challenges posed by distressed buildings, prioritise the safety and well-being of residents, and promote sustainable urban development in the region.

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