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Stakeholders task Lagos government on maximisation of waterways for mass transportation

By Bertram Nwannekanma and Victor Gbonegun
05 August 2022   |   2:44 am
Lagos State Government has been charged to maximise the use of her waterways for mass transportation as well as incorporate resilience to long-term impacts of climate change and extreme weather

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State moves to domesticate national building code sets up sub-committees

Lagos State Government has been charged to maximise the use of her waterways for mass transportation as well as incorporate resilience to long-term impacts of climate change and extreme weather events into the planning and implementation of Lagos infrastructure development initiatives.

The call was contained in a 16-point communiqué and recommendations from its ninth Climate Change Summit, themed: “Integrating climate actions in Lagos State Development: Opportunities and Trade-offs.”

The two-day summit, held at the Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, attracted participants from Nigeria and abroad, and was aimed at finding solutions and ways to better adapt to climate impact, with special emphasis on protecting women, children and people with disabilities.

According to the recommendations ratified by the summit, the Lagos State government was asked to consider the adoption of G-20 Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) principles that will enable cities to create a strong foundation for achieving sustainable, resilient and inclusive growth and others, and put in a place action plan with a robust legal framework to ensure food security.

The summit also urged government at all levels to put in place funding mechanisms for easy access to renewable energy, with Lagos State playing a lead role, as well as creating the required platform for involvement of youths in the implementation of climate actions in the state, through her various youth-focused programmes.

MEANWHILE, Lagos State Government has begun moves toward domesticating the National Building Code by inaugurating sub-committees to achieve the purpose.

The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, who spoke at a meeting with members of the sub-committees in Alausa, said representatives of relevant agencies and the seven professional bodies working in the built environment would populate the committees.

Salako said evolving an acceptable building code would give enormous advantages to the environment, the state and the people, particularly in areas of health and safety, security and environment, as well as curbing building collapse.

On his part, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Abiola Kosegbe, called for cooperation among members of the sub-committees and urged them to give their best to evolve a reliable Lagos State Building Code.