Lagos State Plans Housing Estate On Makoko Waterfront

May 20, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ In The News




The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to build a housing estate on Makoko waterfront to curb the deterioration of the area which is basically a ghetto. This was made know by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde at a briefing with newsmen in Lagos.

The Commissioner revealed that the housing scheme will be a replica of Lake Union Seattle, United States of America where houses are built on water in an organized manner.

Lake Union Seattle

Lake Union Seattle

He expressed concerns about the daily migration of people to the Lagos which results in a lot of unplanned settlements and encroachments on both land and water.

Makoko was established in the 18th century primarily as a fishing village, where most of the structures rests on stilts above Lagos Lagoon. Makoko over time developed into a slum. Its population is considered to be 85,840; however, the area was not officially counted as part of the 2007 census and the population has been estimated to be much higher.

“Consequently, the ministry found it expedient to undertake a study of this development and tagged it ‘Houses on Water’,” he explained. He also went on to explain that the benefits of the project was to improve and enhance the living condition of the residents; to control development on the waterways; to increase the potential of the community economically; to protect the highly valued waterfront against pollution and widespread contamination; to enhance water transportation and to promote tourism.

He added that apart from structures on the water, there would be schools, hospital, bank, shopping mall and fish processing plants to be built on the lagoon.

The commissioner also informed the press that visitation and stakeholders’ engagements were held recently with the occupants to secure their support and opinion on the proposed project, saying that the meeting was also intended to build their trust in the state government’s effort and capacity to re-plan their community.

We understand that a technical team for the project has been identified while a proposal was presented to the State Executive Council for consideration and approval.

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