As part of efforts to reduce the traffic situation in Lagos, the State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that the State government is planning to launch the first of several planned intra-city lines by the end of 2020.
The governor hinted on the plan while speaking at a forum on “Public Private Innovation for Sustainable Cities” organized by the Embassy of France in Lagos.
Represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, he said that, transportation was critical to the success of any urban area and that with its limited land mass, the future of Lagos lay primarily in viable alternative to overdependence on road transportation.
In his words: “For this reason, our focus for the medium and long term is water and rail transportation. Fortunately, we have a sizeable mass of water, the Lagos lagoon running across the state. We are ramping up the rollout of public water transport service, while also encouraging the private sector to invest in the sector,” he said.
Hamzat noted that as Chief Executive of one of the fastest growing cities in the world, planning and envisioning the future of this sprawling mass of people occupies a significant portion of the administration.
On his part, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome spoke of a planned Africa-France Summit tagged, “La cite des solutions” a trade fair for project leaders across sectors private and public alike, to debate collectively about the future of cities and how to make them habitable, sustainable and proffer solutions and action plans to combat challenges of climate change demographic growth and urbanization.