The United Nations Habitat, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and experts in the building industry have advocated protection of public spaces for the benefits of all.
They spoke at the 2015 World Habitat Day in Alausa, Ikeja, on the theme, ‘Public Spaces for all’.
UN Habitat Programme Manager for Nigeria, Kabir Yari, said it had become imperative to address issues pertaining to livability of life in the city through the preservation of public spaces such as parks, playgrounds, gardens and sidewalks, among others.
Yari, who was represented by Barnabas Atiaye said the exploitation of open spaces was a cardinal element in the social, cultural and economic fabric of the community and more often than not, shaped the morphology of our various settlements.
He commended the Lagos State Government for taking the lead in promoting the concept of urban regeneration through inner city improvement by way of beautification of parks and open spaces, transport interchanges and enhancement of environmental quality through the greening of road setbacks.
Ambode, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Kunle Ojo, in his speech, said the government was committed to ensuring the preservation, maintenance and expansion of public spaces as provided for the state’s master and model city plans.