The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has underscored the importance of adhering to physical planning laws and regulations for the realisation of sustainable cities across the globe.
Speaking at the 2023 World Habitat Day celebration themed ‘Resilient Urban Economies: Cities as Drivers of Growth and Recovery,’ held at Blueroof, Lagos Television, the Governor underlined the significance of compliance during his address.
According to a statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu, represented by Special Adviser, Olajide Babatunde, acknowledged the global challenges posed by climate change and stressed the shared responsibilities of leaders and citizens in mitigating its impact.
He recounted the challenges faced by Lagos State under his administration which include the COVID-19 pandemic, ENDSARS protests, and various natural disasters like flash floods, rainstorms, building collapses, and fire outbreaks, each leaving enduring marks on lives and property.
The governor’s call for compliance echoes the urgent need for sustainable urban development, especially in the face of climate-related challenges experienced worldwide.
He emphasized the vital role of collective responsibility in ensuring a resilient and environmentally conscious future for cities.
“However, Lagos, in the face of all these adversities, continues to soar high, bringing its resilience to bear and rebounding with vigour and innovative measures to guarantee a prosperous state that will pivot a 21st-century economy to the benefit of all”, he said.
He noted that with purposeful leadership and consistent incremental efforts of successive civilian administrations since 1999, Lagos State had risen above its socio-economic challenges, mostly defined by its burgeoning population and strategic position as a cultural and economic hub in the West African sub-region.
His words: “For the past 54 months, my administration has consistently built on the foundation of efforts to create a new sustainable path to the well-being of the State and her people.
“We have remained focused with determined measures on not only providing adequate social infrastructure and creating an enabling environment for all and sundry to thrive in the country’s economic capital and melting pot but have also ensured that enough measures are in place to address their sustainability.”