Sanwo-Olu pledges to prioritise investment in critical infrastructure
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said that his administration would be prioritising investment in critical infrastructure with a new vigour.
Sanwo-Olu revealed in a New Year broadcast that the state government was prepared to shift the burden of transportation away from roads alone, disclosing that there would be renewed focus on waterways and rail transport this year.
The objective, the governor explained, is to disperse traffic on the roads and give residents a new choice in mass movement across the state.
With the signing of the state’s N1.168 trillion budget into law last Tuesday, the governor said his administration had been statutorily emboldened to fully tap into the potential of its waterways and rail corridors by pursuing fresh investment and partnerships that would help his government deliver an inter-modal transportation model.
Traffic management and transportation is a key pillar of the Sanwo-Olu administration’s development agenda, known as Project T.H.E.M.E.S, which seeks to assuage the pains of residents caused by road gridlocks by reducing travel time and scaling up productivity.
His words, “We are prioritising investment in infrastructure this year to shift the burden of transportation away from the roads unto the waterways as a means of moving our people around safely and efficiently.
“Lagos is endowed with a large body of water that has been under-exploited over the years. This is why we have challenged ourselves to invest in this under-utilised channel.”
Sanwo-Olu observed that Lagos State Public Works (LSPW) had been complementing his administration’s infrastructural renewal programme with persistent rehabilitation works on existing roads to ease flow of traffic on feeder roads. The repair work, he said, will continue across the state.
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