In furtherance of its effort towards mitigating the impact of climate change and global warming through a reduction in carbon emission across the State, the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has engaged relevant stakeholders on the establishment of a Linear Park.
The Linear Park which is to be situated along Maryland, Gbagada and Anthony axis with an off-road bicycle and urban agriculture system is an initiative of LASPARK and Heinrich Boll Foundation, an International non-governmental organisation. The project was proposed to further intensify the war against climate change which has become a global scourge as well as deepen the environmental sustainability programme of the State Government.
Addressing stakeholders at the event, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, described the project as one that is designed by the State government to create a livable environment for its citizens through other options of recreation.
He said the Ministry of Transportation has developed a plan towards making our waterways viable by engaging stakeholders to invest in the water transportation system, adding that the Linear Park project perfectly fits into the established model of the transportation network.
Lawanson charged all stakeholders to invest passionately towards achieving the project, noting that it will benefit not only the residents of the State but the nation at large.
“The initiative of subscribing the wetland to another viable means of transportation and still sustaining agrarians community along the axis is very much in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goal and the agenda of Government to decongest our roads and reduce the resultant carbon emission”, the Commissioner asserted.
Lawanson declared that the realisation of the project in this cosmopolitan city would strengthen public-private partnership in project initiation and execution, noting that the project will be used as a pilot design towards replicating it in other wetlands areas across the State with the aim of reducing pressure on our roads.
In her remarks, the General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, who was represented by the Agency’s Secretary, Mrs. Esther Bashorun, disclosed that having taken cognisance of the relevance of the project towards promoting a sustainable and non-motorised transportation network in line with the climate resilient city, Heinrich Boll Foundation was given the mandate to conduct a feasibility study on the viability and possible funding for the proposed Linear Park.
Adebiyi-Abiola ascribed the proposed project to the enduring system of integrating the wellbeing of the citizens to their lifestyle, saying that the State Government through its environmental policy is developing a city that is resistant to environmental challenges.
“The project will impact positively on the city’s landscape by conserving the wetland for transportation, urban agriculture and recreational purposes, and through it, the axis will be guarded against flood, erosion and other environmental disasters”, she affirmed.
She pointed out the need to move Lagos towards an interconnected transport network and make it a bikeable city requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders, urging other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including other relevant Bodies to offer strategic support towards the actualisation of the project.
While receiving the project draft from the Foundation, the General Manager stated that LASPARK with other MDAs and relevant Stakeholders would further study and make necessary inputs to the blueprint before presenting it for appropriate approval.
Earlier in her presentation, the Project Manager, Henry Boll Foundation, Mrs. Monica Umunna, stated that the project is designed to accommodate multiple farmlands along the bikeable line in the axis, a Monument Park, Bridge, Natural Park and Bike Repair Station in order to provide an interconnectivity in line with modern bicycle transportation system.
According to her, the aim is to restore, protect, enhance the city’s wetland and expand the economic opportunities for the informal sector through professionalised farming practices for local farmers in the State.
Present at the interactive gathering were the representatives from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Economic Planning and Budget, Environment, Transportation, Scholars and other Consultancy firms.