Lagos to prioritise power, environment, transportation, says Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has said that his administration would prioritise the power, environment and transportation sectors in the next two years to drive all round development of the state.
He said the sectors were crucial to driving other social infrastructure, which it plans to address head on.
His words: “The last two years, we have tried to create a foundation of a vision that drives Lagos in the next 50 years. There is nothing we can do in the next two years that is ever going to be enough.
“There are three things I want people to watch out for in the next 12 to 18 months and those are power, the environment and its sanitation and transportation. I believe those sectors are the key sectors that can drive every other social infrastructure that we will be dealing with in Lagos.”
Ambode said it was important that the state strives to achieve a cleaner and safer environment not just for residents, but also for visitors and investors willing to do business in the state.
“Lagos must get cleaner, safer and the way people commune from one place to another. One thing with Lagos is that the more successes you record, the more people want to come into the city,” he said.
The State Government had already concluded plans to commence the Cleaner Lagos Initiative aimed at making the environment cleaner, safer and healthier for all Lagosians.
This would be achieved by promoting a harmonised and holistic approach to the challenges; and therefore, improving operational efficiency.
Speaking on the interventions in the transportation sector, Ambode said the Bus Reform Initiative would commence before the end of the year with the introduction of modern buses that would not only transform the transport system, but also make for easier movement of people from one place to another.
On the power sector, the Governor disclosed that efforts were ongoing to ensure stable power supply for all industries in the state, adding that the intention was to create embedded power in clusters around the city.
Ambode, however, noted that despite the successes already recorded, the state was also willing to learn from other states, just as it has also extended same to sister states.
“There are also things that we are looking at from other states. We do not know everything. So, there are other states that are doing some things better than us. So, we must be submissive enough to learn from them and the same thing with other states from us,” he said.
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