The Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) and Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA) have announced a strategic partnership to redefine and reposition the setbacks and Incidental Open Spaces.
The General Manager of LASPA, Mrs. Adebisi Adelabu, disclosed this during a visit of the Management of LASPEMA, led by the General Manager of the Agency, Tpl. Daisi Oso, to her office in Ikeja, and expressed her readiness to work with LASPEMA and other stakeholders on sanitising and redefining the entire Lagos landscape as it affects setbacks and incidental open spaces.
The meeting focused on the need for both Agencies, LASPA and LASPEMA, to come up with relevant policies geared toward eradicating encumbrances associated with indiscriminate parking on setbacks and incidental open spaces in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and SDG 2, which is Making Cities Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable”.
Reiterating the need for synergy amongst Lagos MDAs in a bid to achieve the vision of “Making Lagos a Smart City of Choice”, Adelabu disclosed that LASPA already met with some stakeholders, especially the Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas in the State, to discuss steps to redefine Lagos landscape.
She decried the indiscriminate manner in which citizens, business owners, hoteliers and owners of event centres abuse parking spaces in the State, stressing the need to restore sanity within the environment by clamping down on defaulters.
While informing that Mr. Governor created the Agency to stop parking encumbrances across the State, the General Manager pointed out the need for urgent interventions by LASPA and LASPEMA to eradicate the abuse of setbacks and incidental open spaces across the State.
The General Manager of LASPEMA, Tpl. Daisi Oso, remarked that concerted efforts to identify and protect the urban space are crucial for sustainable economic development, noting that regulating all activities in spaces is critical to making Lagos a Smart City of Choice.
He also called on other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that have similar roles with LASPA and LASPEMA, especially relating to incidental open spaces and setbacks, to join efforts with the two agencies towards achieving the dream of Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.
Oso pointed out that LASPEMA is playing and will continue to play a pivotal role with all stakeholders in ensuring their activities will not in any way hamper the Model City, Regional and other Developmental Plans of Lagos State.
At the end of the meeting, an Adhoc Committee was constituted comprising members from both agencies and charged with the responsibility of further addressing and resolving grey areas between both agencies while also developing mechanisms to facilitate synergy of purpose amongst other MDAs with similar mandates.