Save Our Spaces: Ex-Naval Chief Calls for Lekki Greenbelt Protection

Lekki residents, rejoice! A retired naval chief, Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, has spoken out about the importance of preserving green spaces in Lekki, particularly along the Lekki-Epe Expressway. In a letter to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Olaiya expressed concern about “illegal construction” encroaching on these designated areas.

These green spaces weren’t just meant for aesthetics. Olaiya highlights their purpose for future infrastructure development, including essential projects like road and drainage expansion, and even a light rail to service the growing population.

But according to Olaiya, these areas are being “unlawfully sold for personal gain.” This raises a red flag not just for environmental well-being, but also for the long-term development of Lekki.

Olaiya’s call to action is a timely one. Preserving green spaces offers a multitude of benefits:

  • Environmental benefits: Green spaces act as natural filters, improving air and water quality. They also help regulate temperatures and mitigate the effects of urban heat islands.
  • Social benefits: Parks and green areas provide recreational opportunities, promote physical activity, and foster a sense of community.
  • Economic benefits: Studies have shown that properties near green spaces tend to have higher values. Additionally, green spaces can attract tourism and businesses.

Lekki is a fast-growing area, and responsible development is key. Let’s hope Governor Sanwo-Olu heeds Olaiya’s advice. Protecting Lekki’s green spaces is an investment in a healthier, happier, and more sustainable future for all residents.


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