Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday described his predecessor and Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) as a synergy between Lagos and Federal Government that will accelerate and actualize his administration’s plans for infrastructural development in the state.
Governor Ambode who said this while delivering a keynote address at the Lagos Business School Alumni Conference noted that the State is privileged to have Fashola in charge of key federal ministries at this critical moment in the history of the State.
“We are privileged to have my predecessor in office at the center in charge of Works, Power and Housing. This effectively means we have a synergy between Lagos and the Federal Government to accelerate and actualise our current plans for infrastructural development,” Governor Ambode said.
He added that though building infrastructure to improve the quality of life is a top priority in Lagos, traffic and security remain the two key priority areas that need urgent attention.
He said, “Dealing with the terrible traffic problems that afflict so many Lagosians on a day to day basis is my key area of focus in relation to infrastructure. Our problems with traffic have to be improved. It is harmful to the quality of life of too many people in our city.”
“Lagos will continue to grow and as we are more successful, the population will of course grow more quickly, generating more demand for traffic. We are looking at the potential of rail and water-based systems, repair the roads and work with the private sector to deliver the projects.
We are putting in place the finances we need to enable us make our plans a reality,” Governor Ambode said.
He also informed the gathering that there would be a traffic summit in Lagos next week to address the issues by combining the perspectives of international best practice and local knowledge and experience.
The Governor also described the summit as a step on the way to a new strategy that will improve the lives of Lagosians.