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Sanwo-Olu launches strategic document to tackle social, economic, physical challenges

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday launched a strategic document that would help Lagos tackle its social, economic and physical challenges.

Sanwo-Olu said the document represents his vision to transform Lagos into an innovative, inclusive and prosperous city that leverages the appropriate governance and infrastructure mechanisms to empower its people to thrive, adapt and grow sustainably.

At the launch of the document tagged “Lagos Resilience Strategy,” the governor, represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, said that the launch of the document would provide an empirical background for all its policies and also aid his plans to speedily transform the state to a more resilient city.

He added that the unveiling of the document, attests to the readiness of his administration to bequeath a legacy of good governance to residents of the state and also guarantee their well-being.

“With the implementation of the resilience strategy, we will develop a sustainable approach to combat flooding incidents, stop haphazard urban planning, improve emergency response, provide quality healthcare services, support the immense potential of our youths through technology and deliver a robust, multimodal and integrated transportation system, without excluding the poor and vulnerable,” the governor said.

He said that with the pace of development going on across the state and its attendant effect on the environment, Lagos could not afford to rely on traditional concepts in tackling its challenges but must to adopt a cross-sectoral planning and implementation approach.

This, he said, would aid the improvement of the natural and built environment and at the same time optimise resources and systems for greater efficiency, accountability and transparency.

Earlier in a welcome address, Egube said that the objective of the strategy development was to identify various challenges the city experiences, and opportunities for collaborations and actions to improve the resilience of the city of Lagos.

The commissioner, whose address was read by the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Adebayo Sodade, said that the initiatives articulated in the Lagos resilience strategy were affordable, scalable, replicable and measurable.

According to him, the initiatives would support “our communities’ efforts to adapt to global environmental changes to survive in the face of adversity, grow and to confidently thrive, resulting in a Lagos that is truly efficient, inclusive, enterprising and prosperous.”


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