…As LASTMA announces road closure at Mushin level crossing, over Lagos-Ibadan standard guage***
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday said his administration would soon roll out massive water transport services in order to reduce over-dependence on road transportation.
Sanwo-Olu indicated this in his speech at the Public and Private Innovation For Sustainable Cities organised by the Embassy of France at Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Sanwo-Olu said that the future of Lagos lies primarily in viable alternatives to over dependence on road transportation.
“Lagos have a sizable mass of water, we are ramping up with the roll out of public water transport services.
“We are also focusing on the medium and long term water and rail transport service in order to ease the stress of transportation in the state,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that his administration intends to launch the first of several planned intra-city lines by the end of 2020.
“We would be moving Lagosians into efficient mass transport services.
“We would be reducing the time and productivity lost to traffic logjams and reducing the city’s carbon footprint,” the governor said.
He said that daily migration to Lagos brought huge challenges of increased waste management the state was tackling through various initiatives and appealed to residents to embrace the Blue Box Initiative to sort waste.
“In line with our determination and commitment to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, we have re-energized the solid waste management sector by promoting concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle as the major thrusts of waste management in the state.
“We urge everyone to embrace and spread the gospel of the blue box program as well as the community cleanup campaign that was recently launched as innovative way of strategically managing solid waste in the state.
“The Blue Box initiative is essential to the full realization of the benefit derivable from a technology driven recycling process.
“We are investing in an upgrade of our waste processing infrastructure, state-wide: Loading Stations, Recycling Centers, Treatments Plants, Waste-to-Energy plants,” he said.
He said that his government was stepping up efforts to collaborate with its northern neighbour in order to serve the needs of increasing com mingled population.
“As Lagos grows, it will inevitably continue to spill northwards.
“Therefore, we are collaborating with Ogun State Government since we are bound together in order to serve the needs of the increasing population,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Mr Jerome Pasquire, The France Ambassador to Nigeria, in his welcome address, said that Africa-France Summit will be coming up in Bordeaux, France between June 4 and June 6, 2020.
“The summit would bring together leaders from all over Africa, policy makers, private businesses to debate collectively, concrete actions to proffer solutions to challenges of urbanization, demographic growth and climate change,” Pasquire said.
Mrs Fausat Ibikunle, Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development Planning, Kaduna State, called for good water, electricity, development of physical and social structures in rural areas.
She said that this would attract investors to not only the urban areas but also the rural areas of the country.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), on Monday, announced the closure of the railway level crossing at the Kayode/Ogunmokun toll gate, Mushin, following the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.
A travel advisory made available to newsmen in Lagos by the LASTMA Spokesman, Mr Olumide Filade, said that the level crossing would be closed from 8:00 pm. on Monday to 6:00 am on Tuesday.
The authority advised motorists to use alternative routes.
“Motorists coming from Onipanu to Mushin through Kayode/Ogunmokun railway level crossing should take Ikorodu Road to Jibowu, Empire, Moshalashi to Idi-Oro (Agege Motor Road) and connect their destinations.
“Motorists coming from Mushin to Onipanu through Kayode/Ogunmokun, should take Idi-Oro to Moshalashi, Empire, Jibowu to Ikorodu Road and connect destinations.
“Motorists on this axis can also take Cappa, Ilupeju By-Pass, Town Planning Way to Ikorodu Road and connect their destinations.
“We solicit the cooperation and understanding of the motoring public during this construction,” the statement said, urging them to bear with the agency.