By Adeola Ogunrinde
The governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday said his government has completed 70km of new roads within the Lagos West Senatorial District amounting to 42 roads.
Sanwo-Olu said that while the Red and Blue rail lines cut across Lagos West and Central Senatorial districts, plans were on to execute the green and purple lines for Lagos East Senatorial district.
He further said that 12 ferries would be commissioned soon to complement the already 20 ferries being in used.
The governor who made these assertions at the Lagos West Senatorial District town hall meeting, said that he and the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat want to be remembered for all the interventions implemented when they leave.
Sanwo-Olu revealed that by March or April 2024, the groundbreaking ceremony for the 4th Mainland Bridge would be done.
The governor also said that the bridge will be constructed in phases.
He said the state government has done extensive work on the 4th Mainland Bridge, disclosing that the government has reached the final dot of the construction of the bridge.
Sanwo-Olu said that only few buildings would be demolished during the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge and the landlords and tenants that would be affected would be compensated.
“We want to start and do not want to give excuses again.”
Sanwo-Olu said that N50b has been budgeted and would be distributed to support vulnerable residents of the state to cushion the effect of the harsh economy and take people out of poverty.
He added that they committed to building the state bigger and better, stating that they have been distracted by the court cases.
The governor however implored all those who challenged its election to come forward to join him in taking Lagos to the next level, if the issues were about Lagos progress.
Sanwo-Olu further said that the second term is a season of double up, working faster, harder to achieve more for the residents of the state.
The governor noted that though the infrastructure gap in Lagos is huge but they are sumountable.
He also said that before the end of the year, the federal government would handover 150 electric buses and the state hopes to procure additional 1000 electric buses.
Sanwo-Olu said the state government is working with some investors to achieve the procurement of the electric buses, saying it is part of achieving zero emissions by 2050.
The governor also said that conversation on the airport being planned for Ibeju-lekki area of the state has reached an advanced stage too, and work will start soon.
He said that government has identified the 15000 traders that would be the beneficiaries of the N50,000 support each for traders and the handover ceremony would be done soon.
The governor promised that the town hall meeting would been done regularly and taken to different parts of the state, so that residents could tell the government their needs and what should be done differently as well as render an account to the citizens of Lagos.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Omotoso said that the town hall is part of the open door policy of the Sanwo-Olu administration and his passion to deliver good governance to the residents.
“Mr Governor’s style of administration is unique – and effective. He runs the government like a company with various shareholders who look forward to huge dividends at the end of every financial year, after investing their resources in the company. In other words, today is our Annual General Meeting.
“It is our duty to render accounts and assure our army of stakeholders and shareholders that despite any turbulence that we may have experienced, the ship of state remains steady because it is in the hands of a tested captain.This is what we have come here to do”.