Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday advised ministries in the state handling shelter issues to collaborate and design inclusive estates that could capture accommodation of support staff of the residents.
Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji, gave the advice at the 2022 World Habitat Day in Alausa.
He said such designs should make the houses affordable, to capture the low income status of such support staff and service providers, and reduce for them the burden of commuting from far.
The governor said that this would change the situation where people like the drivers, the house helps and all the other people that are going to service them have to come from far away.
“if we take that into consideration, there is nothing stopping the people that are not so privileged living in Ikoyi or VI (Victoria Island) or Lekki, or where have you but it will be in an affordable apartment,’’ he said.
The governor said his administration’s programmes had focused on inclusiveness and bridging the social divides across sectors.
He said this was in line with the theme of the 2022 World Habitat Day “Mind The Gap. Leave No One and No Place Behind’’.
Sanwo-olu said several institutions were purposely created or refocused to address socio-economic imbalance and champion the even development of the state and its residents.
He said Lagos State was at the forefront of promoting the ideals of environmental sustainability adopting measures to cater for growing population of over 22 million people.
The governor reeled out achievements in education, transportation, infrastructure, health and other sectors.
“For the fourth consecutive year in this administration, we are taking advantage of the opportunity provided by this annual event to take stock and device strategies to deal with emerging issues in the built environment, in consonance with our aspiration of achieving a 21st century economy in Lagos State,’’ he said.
He added that development strides of his administration were all geared towards closing the social gaps in the efforts to achieve a greater Lagos at par with world-class cities.
He urged built environment stakeholders and Lagos residents to join hands with the state government in building a livable city by adhering to physical planning and construction laws.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, using pictorial illustration, explained how urban slums and highbrow neighborhoods get divided in different areas.
Bamgbose-Martins enumerated problems of population pressure and reeled out interventions of the Sanwo-Olu administration for inclusive governance and social harmony.
He said the theme of the World Habitat Day aimed at directing global attention to the growing inequality and vulnerabilities caused by challenges of COVID-19, climate change and conflict, making it a global priority to tackle urban poverty and inequality.
Oresanya said there must be equitable development so as to close social gaps while urging the private sector stakeholders to help the government achieve the goal.
He called for deployment of technology and vertical construction to accommodate larger population of urban poor while introducing green areas for environmental sustainability.
Oresanya, a former Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, called for deliberate government efforts to narrow the gaps in the society for social harmony.
“We have 12 years left to achieve the agenda of the Global SDGs.
“The goal of this forum is not only to inform but awaken us all to our collective and individual responsibility and awareness of our powers to make a difference in the matters of human settlements, inequality, marginalization, poverty eradication, green policies, youth empowerment, climate change, funding and leadership,’’ he said.
The National President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, who joined virtually, urged governments to rise up to the responsibility of rapid infrastructure development to address conflicts among Nigerians.