Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has unveiled the policy direction of his administration for the next three and half years, while expressing deep concern over the persistent traffic gridlock in the metropolis and the increase in spate of robbery.
The governor, who spoke yesterday at the inaugural retreat organised by the state government for commissioners, special advisers and body of permanent secretaries in the state, appealed for the support and cooperation of all Lagosians in moving the state forward.
He said in the interim, he had directed the fixing of all potholes to ease vehicular movement, just as security agencies had been mandated to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada on highways, noting that aside the risks of accidents, such could also be a security threat to the people.
He said the government was also working hard to restrict street hawking, urging the people to stop patronising them so as to discourage street traders from the highways.
“We have already hit the ground running. I’m deeply concerned about the issues that Lagosians are sending back to me and the issues range from security issues, traffic gridlock and the environment itself. But again just as we are looking at the immediate solutions to them, there are medium term solutions that Lagosians will see in the next few weeks that we will roll out.
“We have declared zero tolerance on potholes and we are deploring more men to ensure free flow of traffic. As we are now in the ‘Ember’ months, I just want to appeal to Lagosians to be more vigilant, and cooperate with us in all the measures we will be carrying out,” Ambode said.
Highlighting key components of the Lagos Development Plan, Ambode said the first pillar of the plan hinged on economic development, and that it would fundamentally be about wealth creation through employment for the people.
He also stated that the second pillar of the plan harped on infrastructure development, explaining that government would make money available for long term investment in transportation, power, housing and water.
“We will work with the private sector to achieve these and set out to complete the Blue Line light rail, improve our bus network and make better use of our water assets for transport purposes,” he said.
He said the third pillar was social development, promising that his administration would invest in the people by ensuring that their health, education and security were not compromised while the fourth pillar was sustainable development.
He also assured that he would invest in new technology and related infrastructure, adding that “this government will prioritise access to broadband and utilise digital approaches – for example in the land administration where our processes can be transformed for the benefit of our people and business.”


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