11th June, 2010
The Lekki Peninsula Scheme II is to witness rapid development as allottees have resolved to partner with the Lagos State government to sand-fill the swampy plots. Â
Allotees, especially those whose plots fell within blocks 37, 38 and 39, complained of inadequate funds to reclaim their plots, which needed sand filling before they could erect any structure.
The scheme was established in 1994 as an extension of Lekki Scheme I in order to provide home ownership to the people of Lagos State, Nigeria.
The Scheme with over 2,000 residential plots had been fully subscribed, but had no development in place despite availability of infrastructure.
Worried by the low development of the scheme a stakeholder meeting was held where the allottees decided to partner with the state government in sand filling the swamp.
Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Mr. Gbenga Ashafa, said the idea of the stakeholders meeting was the initiative of the newly employed General Manager, New Towns Development Authority, NTDA.
Â According to him, the present administration had reiterated its commitment to finding solution to the problems that has posed a threat to the realisation of its various programmes, especially in the area of development of schemes.
Ashafa enjoined the allottees to interact freely and come up with different ideas aimed at finding solution to the present problem of low development in Lekki scheme II.
General Manager, NTDA, Dr. Adeyemi Isiba, said he visited the scheme and was highly disappointed by the level of development that had taken place so far.
Â He added that the level of infrastructure in Lekki Scheme II was deteriorating everyday in the absence of development by allottees, lamenting that some parts of the scheme had been turned into refuse dumps.
â€œI felt so bad and I think we cannot just fold our arms and watch our infrastructure deteriorate; we need to act fast. The reality of Lekki II is that the street level and the floor level is about one metre; this will pose a lot of problems, like flooding for the allottees if their plots are not sand filled to the level of the road,” he said.