PLANNING BRIEF FOR PROPOSED KOSOFE MODEL CITY PLAN (2017 – 2037)

1. INTRODUCTION

Lagos continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The influx of people searching for opportunities into the already congested Lagos Metropolitan Area has been unprecedented in the last twenty years. The pressure on land and infrastructure coupled with the rate of broken down infrastructure is alarming. All these combined with limited resources of the State Government to replace or repair dilapidated infrastructure is posing serious challenges to the three tiers of Government in Lagos, including corporate bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations, (NGOs) and concerned private bodies. The reality of the challenges of a mega city State is pronounced day by day. As a proactive Government, a physical planning strategy to address this challenge of redistributing activities, people and traffic from Lagos Metropolitan Area to other parts of the State with less pressure has been considered a veritable solution.

Kosofe Model City comprisesKosofe Local Government Council Area, Agboyi/Ketu Local Council Development Area andIkosi/Isheri Local Council development Area. The Council was initially created in 1980 and later abolished and recreated in 1984, along with 19 others. In October 2003, the Lagos State Government created 37 Local Government Development Areas out of the original 20 Local Government Councils in the State as a response to the political yearning of the people. The area under the project is characterised by diverse commercial activities undertaken by the early indigenes and settlers of the area spanning over a century. The people in this area were known for their occupation and tradein food stuff such as vegetables, fruits, maize, cassava and fishing. As a gateway and terminal for food stuff from all parts of the nation to the metropolitan Lagos, the area is always bustling with commercial activities. One of the fastest growing areas in the Lagos metropolis is Kosofe. It is located at the boundary of Lagos and Ogun States. Kosofe’s growth is influenced by factors such as, its proximity to the seat of administration of the State, Ikeja and direct access to Lagos Island CBD, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki axis.Kosofe is a major transportation terminal (hosting major transportation routes such as: Lagos- Ibadan Express Way, Ikorodu Road and Apapa-Oworonshoki Express Way), a major residential area hosting many Housing Schemesas homes for Civil Servants and elites, a major Commercial Centre with major markets for food and agricultural products in Nigeria and Africa by extension and Industrial activities area (i.e. Gbagada Industrial Scheme).

According to the 2006 National Population Commission Census, the population of Kosofe was put at, 665,393 while the State’s parallel census exercise put the figure at 1,102,661 which almost doubled the National Population Figure (Source: Lagos State Bureau of Statistics). The later de-facto population of Kosofe was supported by relevant data including existing housing. The Kosofe Model City Plan covers approximately 3581.76hectares comprising a number of urban areas:Ikosi, Isheri, Ketu, Magodo, Oworonshoki, Isheri, Gbagada, Soluyi, Mende, Anthony, Ogudu, Ogudu Ori-Oke and Alapere. The intention of the State Government to plan and to transform Kosofe to a Growth Pole (Urban Centre) in the State is a step in a right direction. The plan period is envisaged to be for 2017 – 2037.

According to the 2006 National Population Commission Census, the population of Kosofe was put at, 665,393 while the State’s parallel census exercise put the figure at 1,102,661 which almost doubled the National Population Figure (Source: Lagos State Bureau of Statistics). The later de-facto population of Kosofe was supported by relevant data including existing housing. The Kosofe Model City Plan covers approximately 3581.76hectares comprising a number of urban areas:Ikosi, Isheri, Ketu, Magodo, Oworonshoki, Isheri, Gbagada, Soluyi, Mende, Anthony, Ogudu, Ogudu Ori-Oke and Alapere.

The intention of the State Government to plan and to transform Kosofe to a Growth Pole (Urban Centre) in the State is a step in a right direction. The plan period is envisaged to be for 2017 – 2037.

2. PROBLEMS

Kosofe is blessed with bio-diversity ecosystem consisting of wetlands and other natural habitats. The wetland has been depleted over time while indiscriminate sand mining activities has been the order of the day. The unprecedented rate of illegal developments, high rate of flooding due to the terrain, high crime rate, lack of public and social infrastructure, high rate of insecurity, high level of traffic congestion e.t.c. are some of the problems that require urgent attention; hence the need for the preparation of Kosofe Model City Plan which is expected to solve the following problems:

 

  •  Lack of Operative Development Plan;
  •  Perennial Environmental flooding;
  • Transportation/Traffic issues in Kosofe project area;
  • Housing needs and slum conditions;
  • Drainage issues in the area;
  • Incidents of haphazard developments and landuse misfits;
  • Lack of adequate infrastructural facilities and social amenities; 
  • Lack of Security and safety of inhabitants.
  • 3. THE SCOPE / TERMS OF REFERENCE

    To achieve the dreams of the State Government, the Consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:

  • To examine the trend, pattern and changes in the development within Kosofe Region in the last 20 years;
  • To examine Kosofearea within the context of Lagos Regional Plan, Regional redevelopment and make proposals for the smooth integration of the region within Lagos Mega City;
  • Undertake inventory of the existing land use, settlements, infrastructure, tourism potentials, activity centres, culture, historical and civic areas for the purpose of land use planning and preservation, and propose activity centres for the region;
  • Carry out traffic and transportation surveys including public parking facilities with the objectives of identifying existing bottlenecks and opportunities that may affect or influence future demand in the study area;
  • Undertake survey of economic activities and employment opportunities taking into consideration the water resources, ecological and tourism potentials of the area;
  • To integrate multi-modal transportation system potentials of the area with the existing and proposed multi-modal split for the region in line with the Lagos State Strategic transport Master Plan taking advantage of the North-East bound commuters in and out of Lagos;
  • To examine the extent the proposals in the expired 1980 – 2000 State Regional Plan as it affects Kosofearea was implemented and If the proposal in the Regional Plan were not fully implemented, suggest ways to prevent reoccurrence;
  • To investigate the physical and environmental resources of the region and recommend measures for their preservation and conservation;
  • To undertake demographic survey, taking into consideration the trends, changes and population characteristics existing and projected growth for a period of 20 years;
  • To propose appropriate political, legal and administrative structures necessary to achieve the goal of the plan;
  • Prepare detailed structure plans for at least four (4) towns in Kosofe sub-region namely: Agboyi 1-3,Oworonshoki, Isheri,Ogudu/Alapere and Agiliti;
  • Prepare detailed action plan for each of the selected areas which are made up of six urban areas (Ketu, Giliti Down blow, Oworonshoki,Isheri, Owode-Elede and Owode-Onirin) which will serve of growth pole;
  • To create polycentric urban centres that will serve as growth poles to the region;
  • Take inventory of wetlands and natural habitats within the region with proposal for forest reserves and water reservoir;
  • To examine the balance of land area that will be required for Agriculture and make necessary provision for the portion to be taken care of in the Kosofe sub-region;
  • To improve the transportation network within the region, looking into the possibilities of introducing surface railways;
  • To prepare the landuse and infrastructural maps on scale 1:2500, 1:10000, 1:15000 and a comprehensive map of the study area at a scale that is legible/readable and suitable for the project;
  • To take into consideration contiguous settlements to the study area and integrate them into the plan. Essentially new ideas and strategies for the realization and production of the feasible Model City Plan for the region are welcomed;
  • To carry out study on the source(s) of the annual seaweed on Kosofe creeks, Lagoons, and Canals and proffer implementation solution;
  • To identify if anydisconnected settlement exist on the water bodies in Kosofe and proffer solution;
  • Tourism is an important economic potential of the region, the consultant to come up with proposals on coastal waters, creeks, estuaries and land that will make the region attractive to holiday and business environments;
  • Over extraction of natural mineral resources for example, through sand mining and unsustainable agricultural practices that are threats to coastlines, Consultant to identify the sources and proffer solution to stem these practices;
  • To come up with programmes on prevention of untreated domestic and industrial sewage / effluent discharged into water bodies as well as water reclamation for enhanced environment in the region;
  • The tasks to be carried out by the Consultant are not limited to those stated above. The Consultant is expected to come up with new ideas or strategies for the realization of the dreams of the Lagos State Government on the Model City Plan.
  • 4. OTHER DETAILS

  • The Consultant to phase the programme of implementation viz: short, medium and long terms with emphasis on areas for immediate action;
  • The Consultant is expected to liaise and work with the various stakeholders so as to ensure public participation in the preparation of the plans;
  • The Consultant to submit a detailed methodology and work plan with cost implication for the proposals;
  • The Consultant is expected to submit the following reports in line with the work plan in hard and soft copies. These are:
  • i. 10 Inception Report and 50 nos of Soft Copies

    ii. 10 Baseline Report and 50 Soft Copies

    iii. 50 Draft Final Report and 50 nos of Soft Copies

    iv. 200 Final Report (Hard Copy) and 200 nos of Soft Copies

    v. 1000 Abridged Final Report.

  • The Consultant must be prepared to present each of the report to the Technical Committee, Informed Professionals in the built environment and the general public (stakeholders) while the draft final shall be presented to the State Executive Council.
  • All the Reports shall be subjected to criticism by selected experts on various fields for comments before the production of the Final Report.
  • The Consultant to note that all the financial implications for the various presentations have been built into the total project cost.
  • The Consultant must be prepared to expose the staff of the Ministry to new techniques in urban and regional planning in skills development and training (on-shore and off-shore) within the duration of the project and before the final payment of the project is made.
  • Prepare and submit the Final Report within 12 months of the award of Contract.

    NB
    This brief should be read in conjunction with the contents of the advert, please.

    Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development
    Regional and Master Plan Department
    The Secretariat,
    Alausa, Ikeja.
    30th May, 2017.