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LASG Sets Up 7-Man Committee To Meet FG Over Badagry Expressway

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The Lagos State Government has set up a seven man Committee to be led by the state’s Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat to meet with the Federal Government on the long drawn-out rehabilitation work on the Lagos badagry Expressway.

The committee is expected to secure a quick completion of the ongoing work leading to the Okokomaiko-seme boarder axis of the road.

In a state’s parley attended by all members of the State’s cabinet, all members of House of Assembly, National Assembly members from Lagos, key judicial officers in the State, members of Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and key traditional rulers attended the parley by held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, they all jointly demanded for a quick completion of the road.

Chief Press secretary to the Lagos State Gorvernor, Gboyega Akosile in a statement said Sanwo-Olu noted that the different arms of government must work together to achieve the common goal.

The resolution at the parley reads in part:

“In the last two days, we have discussed and share various ideas on how Lagos can be further secured and transformed to become the logistics and port hubs in Africa. Part of what needs to be done is acceleration and improvements on infrastructure of the State with emphasis on roads construction and sustainable integrated transportation system through Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Quick completion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway, an international corridor, is key to boosting the State’s economy. 
“To this end, we are raising a seven-man ad hoc committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, to engage the Federal Government through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for the completion of the road from Okokomaiko to Seme Border. Other members of the committee include Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser on Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, two federal legislators and two legislators in the State House of Assembly. 
“We are calling for an improved protection for Lagos infrastructure through the installation of digital scanners at all entry points and continuous investment in security infrastructure and equipment. This must be complemented with regular capacity building for security personnel to align with global best practice. 
“To equip police officers serving in Lagos with adequate gadgets, there is need for the State to access resources from the Police Trust Fund domiciled with the Federal Government. We charge all federal legislators from Lagos in the National Assembly to lobby for this. Henceforth, there must be unique data on registration, identification and licencing of private guards and security operatives in Lagos, as well as the need to develop defined competencies for informal security guards.” 
It was agreed that Local Government Areas should start contributing to Security Trust Fund, rather than leaving it to the State Government. Participants at the parley also agreed on the need for security clearance from relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) for the creation of motor parks in Lagos in order to regulate and address activities of miscreants. 
Sanwo-Olu assured the participants of complete implementation of the resolutions, but said all hands must be on deck to sustain development and good governance in the State. 
The Governor, who said the essence of governance was to prudently deploy public resources for public good, noted that the State’s citizens desperately yarned for delivery of democracy dividends that would improve their wellbeing. 
He said: “The Executive and Legislature must work together to ensure that the rebuilding of Lagos is done urgently and efficiently. The vast majority of our people want Government to work for them. They don’t make any distinctions between the Executive and the Legislature; as far as they are concerned, we are all public officials elected to deliver on the mandate of efficient governance. 
“There is no room for making excuses to our citizens, or blaming another arm of Government for the inability to deliver. It is up to us to ensure that, even though we are separate and independent arms of Government, we must always be on the same page and constantly resolving whatever issues and differences we have.” 
The Governor thanked the participants for the ideas shared and direction offered during the deliberations, pledging to accelerate the process of implementing the resolution.

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