Lagos Mulls Water Transportation to Ease Traffic Congestion

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday expressed the commitment of his administration to provide critical infrastructure and enabling environment for investors to participate in water transportation, which he said was critical to solving the traffic congestion in the state.

Speaking at a Roundtable on Water Transportation organised by the state government, and held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, the governor said though the sector had been left unattended to over the years, that the state government was nonetheless now committed more than before to fully harness the potentials of the water transportation to the benefit of the people and economic prosperity of the state.

He said the chaotic traffic situation in some parts of the state in recent times and the pressure on the road with attendant danger to lives and property, made the need to forge ahead with the reforms in the water sector being championed by his administration even more compelling.

According to him, “The question to ask is what has brought us to this despicable situation so to speak where the only mode of transportation for over 22 million people is road and the road itself is chaotic.

In the last three years, we have been fighting traffic and unfortunately in the last two weeks, we have seen what has happened in Apapa and what we have been trying to do.

Just about three weeks ago, we saw what happened with regards to the Otedola Bridge disaster and then the carnage, as well as the inability of government to provide for the needs of the people.

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France to invest N83.7bn in Lagos public transport

THE French Republic, yesterday, expressed readiness to support Lagos State government in its Mega City agenda through the commitment of €200 million (N83.7 billion) to set up an efficient public transportation system in the state.

Speaking during France-Nigeria Business Forum held in Lagos as part of the activities during the visit of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to Nigeria, France’s Secretary of State to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Mrs. Delphine Geny-Stephann, said that the building of sustainable cities remain a major challenge in many cities across Africa of which Lagos is inclusive.

She stated: “Lagos happened to be one the most populated city on the continent and embodies the challenges, the difficulties but also the huge opportunities of African cities.

On her part, Executive Secretary and CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Ms. Yewande Sadiku said that the Nigerian government has launched the economic recovery growth plan which is expected to lead to the growth of the nation’s economy and it will be a great pleasure to have France support in actualization of this project.

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