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Friday, 9 September 2016

Lagos To Turn Isolo To Model City

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Lagos State Government has begun the process of turning Isolo to a model city.
This was made known yesterday by the Director of Vistaplan Consulting Dr Abubakar Olaseni during a sensitisation programme at the Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) secretariat, Isolo.

Olaseni told The Nation that Vistaplan Consulting is an urban and regional planning firm.
According to him, Isolo LCDA is a major stakeholder in the assignment that Lagos State has given to the firm to develop.

He said: “The assignment is the preparation of Oshodi-Isolo Model City Plan. You cannot plan for the people; you have to plan with the people. It is a paradigm shift from what used to be in the past. We felt it is very important that the people should know the importance
and benefits of what we are doing. By the time we start asking them questions, the people will begin to tell us what they want in that plan.

“This is why we have come to harvest their ideas and vision.”
The plan, he said, would inject economic life into Oshodi-Isolo.
The council’s Sole Administrator, Ms Abimbola Oshikoya, represented by Head of Administration Mrs Olufunke Longe, urged the residents to voice out their views on the proposal.

The forum, she said, will provide the basis for the preparation of the new development in the council.
“The forum will afford us the opportunity to know the challenging issues in our community and deliberate on how we intend to address them so as to make Oshodi-Isolo a model city,” she said.

Osolo of Isolo Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka said the initiative is a welcome development.
“If our community can be turned into a model city with good roads network, regular electricity supply, portable water and other modern social amenities, there is no need of travelling abroad.

Oba Agbabiaka said the community cannot wait for the project to commence.
“We are in total support of it and we are ready to make sacrifices to make it happen because developments sometimes come with some difficulties,” he said