Lagos State Government has appealed for understanding and patience on the part of residents over the removal of trees and green areas necessitated by road rehabilitation and urban regeneration works in Ikoyi
According to a statement jointly signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye and the General Manager Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) Adetoun Popoola, four roads in each of Ikeja, Ikoyi and Victoria Island environs were selected as pilot for holistic upgrade under the State Urban Regeneration Initiative.
The construction works on the road projects, in line with international best practice, were preceded by stakeholder engagements with all the participants or attendees taken through the scope, methodology, potential impact and mitigation of the individual and collective projects.
She said the government commenced road expansion and drainage projects in those parts of Ikoyi to improve the state of the roads and drainage infrastructure as well as reduction of flood risk. In achieving this, disruptions to the environment are not unexpected, which sometimes include felling of long-standing trees and clearing of some already beautified spaces
She also acknowledged the support of the Victoria Island Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) who were the anchors for the stakeholder meetings held at Thompson Avenue, Milverton Road and Lateef Jakande Road, where the works have started.
Also speaking, the General M , LASPARK, Adetoun Popoola, stated that Section 432, Part XIII of the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017 empowers LASPARK to supervise and grant permit for the felling of trees in the State.
While assuring residents that most of the trees removed from the Right of Way would be restored, Popoola added that, according to the LASPARK Law; provisions in terms of a green restoration fee have been made to replant five trees as replacements for each tree felled.
“When re-planted, the trees will continue to function as a viable carbon sink to improve air quality and beautify the environment”, she said.
According to Popoola, the Agency has two well-equipped nurseries where tree seedlings are propagated to ensure seamless restoration wherever necessary.