By Obinna Amaobi, Abuja
The Executive Director of Media Against Impunity Nigeria (MAIN NGR), Prince Meshack Idehen, said the current infrastructural development currently going on Lagos State is worthy of commendations.
He said other state governors in Nigeria should take a cue from the Lagos Governor and make infrastructural and people’s development a priority in their states.
Speaking while addressing a group of Nigerians in Baltimore, the United States of America on Sunday, Idehen said it was important to draw out attention to these positive developments in Lagos, so that Nigeria can witness an all-round, wholistic development.
Idehen, who is the Publisher of Pan African Newspaper, NowAfricaMedia.com, said fixing bad roads, expanding and renewing the roads infrastructure, are some of the worthwhile developmental steps taken by the Lagos Governor.
According to the media activist, completion of the Blue Line rail, the removal of trailers from major roads and highways in the state, and the building of a 5000 capacity trailer park and ensuring a strictly on-call system for trailers at the ports are visible reminders of what the governor is doing to produce immediate solutions and respite for the most populous and commercial city in Africa.
“We have our policy document called project THEME, an acronym for traffic management and transportation; health and the environment; education and technology; making Lagos a 21st century economy; and entertainment, tourism, and sport’, the Lagos Governor said, and a check by this this newspaper reveals that THEME features all the major areas of interests and needs that Lagos government needs to drive economic policies.
According to the Governor, “the main thrust of our policy is to make Lagos a 21st-century economy, and we will thus focus heavily on public infrastructure. There is a significant to-do list because this is a massive city with massive movements of people”
Speaking in the same vein, the President General of Global Peace Movement International (UK), Dr Mike Uyi, said the governor needs to be commended over his commitment to the completion of the rail system in Lagos.
Dr Uyi said the governors focus on innovation and technology are key to driving the youth population, adding the creative ways the governor has encouraged and supported start-ups and innovative ideas within and outside the state is worthy of emulation by other tiers of government in Nigeria.
It should also be recalled, the Global Peace Movement International President general said, that Babajide Sanwo Olu has already declared a state of emergency on various dilapidated highways and carriage roads within the State, and that effective, massive rehabilitation work on critical roads and highways across the State has already commenced.
On his part, Human Rights Activist, Dr Sam Okereke, told our correspondent that several local and international firms have been earmarked to take Lagos to the next level through infrastructural renewal and development.
According to him, reputable, trusted and trusted firms including Julius Berger,Hi-tech,Arab Contractors, Metropolitan Construction, Slabaugh Construction, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC),Rajaf Foundation Construction,RCF Nigeria Limited will work together and independently to fix Lagos roads and infrastructural.
“ That’s a positive development and one that calls for commendations”, Dr Okereke said, adding major roads like Kudurat Abiola Way, Apogbon Highway, Babs Animashaun Road, Abraham Adesanya on Lekki amongst others have all been marked for renewals, upgrading and development.
“We expect the rains will begin to subside in this month of October and this is why we are mobilizing our contractors to immediately start the major construction work on the identified highways and bring permanent relief to residents. I am giving all Lagosians the assurance that the contractors will start the construction in earnest and will deliver on the terms of agreements reached with them”, the Governor said.