Sanwo-Olu pledges massive infrastructural investment
The All Progressive Governorship Candidate (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pledged to improve quality of live in Lagos through massive investment on infrastructural provision, if elected governor.
Sanwo-Olu gave the infrastructure roadmap of his government last week in Lagos at the yearly end of the year dinner and award night, organized by the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Lagos chapter.
Speaking through his running mate Dr. Obafemi Kadri Hamzat at the event, he assured civil engineers and all Lagosians that his government would massively invest to boost the already existing facilities as well as initiating new ones across the state.
Hamzat, an engineer, who was the guest speaker, said both his principal, Sanwo-Olu and himself were not novices to government having being in the system for a while.
Speaking on a theme: ‘Bridging The Infrastructure Gap, The Lagos We Know,’ Hamzat, a former Commissioner for Science and Technology as well as Works and Infrastructure said given that infrastructure affects the quality of lives and the development of any society, the theme of this event was apt in view of the growth opportunities in Nigeria, but also timely.
According to him, Lagos is the melting point where the nation’s economic, social and political activities concentrate. He however noted that continuous influx of people into the state has mounted pressure on the state’s infrastructure.“You are all aware that population of Lagos is currently over 20 million, with a projected figure of close to 30 million in the next decade. This is despite it being the smallest State in Nigeria with a land area of 3,577square kilometer, which means 0.4 per cent of total land area of Nigeria – 923,768 sq. km.
“Though these are challenges but they are surmountable with innovative approaches and collaboration with every Lagosian, especially, the professional groups, business communities and every man and woman of goodwill.“Our plan will be to expand and improve on existing infrastructure project. Government is a continuum and we will continue with existing projects to the benefit of Lagos. Our focus remains ‘Towards a Greater Lagos: A Collective Effort’, he added.
Hamzat further stressed their government plan to build an Inter Modal transport system to solve the problem of commuting within the metropolis. On waterways transportation system, Hamzat said Sanwo-Olu government would improve navigation on our waterways to facilitate water transportation and promote private investment as well as rejig the waste management system by getting the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), to deliver better on its mandate as the regulator, while the PSP model will be made to respond better in collection of waste in Lagos.