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Bill to develop Lagos infrastructural facilities before House of Assembly

Babatope Babalobi

Lagos, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and the commercial capital of Nigeria, is set to witness an upgrade of its infrastructures such roads, public markets, water and sanitation, as a body that will be specifically saddled with this responsibility  will soon be set up.

Known as the Lagos State Model City Development Authority, the new body will be charged with upgrading existing facilities and  providing additional infrastructural  facilities  in the model city and oversee and supervise the day to day management of infrastructure and developments in the model city.

A ‘Bill for a law to provide for the establishment of Lagos State Model City Development Authority for other connected matters’, is already before the Lagos state House of Assembly, Ikeja, Lagos.

A public hearing on this Bill holds in the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, Nigeria, Wednesday December 17, 2008, according to a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon Egberongbe Adewale.

The new bill provides for the establishment of the Model city Development Area and Boards as part of the Lagos State Model City Development Authority. Development Areas and Boards to  be created include the Ikoyi/Victorial Island Model City Development Area, Ikeja Model City Development Area, Surulere Model City Development Area, Badagry Model City Development Area, and Model City Development Area.

The Bill also empowers the Lagos State Model City Development Authority to conclude any contracts with any person or corporate body for the construction or repair of dwelling houses, industrial buildings, roads, sewage, water supply, electricity, recreation centres, and  other structures within the model city; and enter in any to contracts and agreements with any public or  private corporation or any individual for the joint use of   property belonging to either to the authority or to the other contracting party