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Traffic gridlocks, robberies worry Ambode




LAGOS State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday expressed concern over persistent traffic gridlocks in the metropolis, and increase in robbery attacks.

Ambode, at the inaugural retreat organised by the State Government for Commissioners, Special Advisers and body of Permanent Secretaries in the state, said efforts were been made to address the problems.

He said that in the interim, he had directed the fixing of all potholes to ease vehicular movement, just as security agencies had been mandated to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders on highways, noting that aside the risks of accidents, “they are security threat to the people.”

Ambode, who said the government eas also working hard to restrict street hawking, urged residents to stop patronising them, so as to discourage street traders from the highways.

According to him, “We have already hit the ground running. I’m deeply concerned about the issues that Lagosians are sending back to me and the issues range from security issues, traffic gridlock and the environment itself. But again just as we are looking at the immediate solutions to them, there are medium term solutions that Lagosians will see in the next few weeks that we will roll out.

“We have declared zero tolerance on potholes and we are deploring more men to ensure free flow of traffic. As we are now in the ‘Ember’ months, I just want to appeal to Lagosians to be more vigilant, and cooperate with us in all the measures we will be carrying out,” Ambode said.

Highlighting key components of the Lagos Development Plan, Ambode said that the first pillar of the plan hinges on economic development, and that it would fundamentally be about wealth creation through employment for the people.

He also stated that the second pillar of the plan harps on infrastructure development, explaining that government would make money available for long term investment in transportation, power, housing and water.

“We will work with the private sector to achieve these and set out to complete the Blue Line light rail, improve our bus network and make better use of our water assets for transport purposes,” he said.

The third pillar, according to Ambode, is social development, promising that his administration would invest in the people by ensuring that their health, education and security are not compromised.

The fourth pillar is sustainable development.

He also assured that he would invest in new technology and related infrastructure, adding: “This government will prioritise access to broadband and utilise digital approaches – for example in the land administration where our processes can be transformed for the benefit of our people and business.”

In his presentation, keynote speaker at the retreat and former Minister of Economic Development in the Bahamas, Zhivargo Laing, said it was the responsibility of the Executive to promote peace, justice and make citizens know that they have a say in the government.

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