In its bid to consolidate the gains recorded in urban renewal through the greening initiative, the State Government has unveiled a new strategy that would further enhance the implementation of effective and efficient greening policy for the benefit of residents of the State.
The General Manager of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola who unveiled the new strategic direction for the Agency at its Head Office office in Ikeja recently, noted that the new strategy became imperative in order to complement the Smart City vision of the present administration.
The new strategy, according to the General Manager will include; tourism development; greener Lagos campaign and the construction of five new recreational parks in different locations across the State.
While explaining the implementation strategy for tourism development, she stated that LASPARK will increase tourists’ attraction to the parks through unique programmes and exhibitions that will also create more jobs.
She informed that one of the new programme initiatives of the Agency, ‘The Art in the Park’, is already attracting tourists to the State from all walks of life, while hinting that children excursion to the parks will henceforth be driven by content that will feature historical background of Lagos State and other interesting facts about the Centre of Excellence.
She said “for enhanced tourism and recreation in the State, attention will now be on placemaking”, that is, creating space that will bring communities together such as Obalende Underbridge, MacGregor Canal, Jibowu Park, Iponri Linear Park among others”.
She revealed that plans are at advanced stage to establish five additional recreational parks in other locations of the State, saying that a four-kilometre bike path starting from Ojota to Gbagada will be created to complement all existing recreational facilities across the State.
As part of the strategic direction, she said there would be increased awareness and sustained advocacy on greening to further bring Lagosians closer to nature, stressing that the Agency had renewed a campaign on zero-tolerance for non-compliance to greening and beautification of frontals and setbacks of all property within the State.
The General Manager also called on private organisations and individuals to drive parks and gardens development across the State through adoption and maintenance of parks, reiterating the commitment of the State Government to support such organisations with visible brand exposure on gardens where necessary.
Meanwhile, LASPARK has intensified Night wetting of all beautified parks and gardens across the State in order to ensure that they remain lush green, especially during this dry season.
While on a monitoring tour of the activities of the Water Gangs along Iyana-Oworo Expressway on Tuesday night, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola stated that the exercise was aimed at improving the condition of the gardens and parks in an attempt to put them in perfect condition at all times.
Adebiyi-Abiola, however, decried the activities of vandals stealing water pumping machines from the parks and gardens, informing that the Agency has put machinery in place to arrest and prosecute anyone caught.
She enjoined residents and organisations close to any of the gardens to be vigilant and report any strange movement in and around the parks and gardens to the Agency via the toll-free line (0800LASPARK) or any of the Agency’s social media platforms or to the nearest Police Station.