….Set up modalities for joint commission
Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dapo Abiodun, the governors of Lagos and Ogun states, have announced a partnership to decongest the latter and improve infrastructure in both states.
During a monthly breakfast meeting of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce (NSACC) in collaboration with Phillips Consulting, both governors agreed that there is a need to form an alliance.
In a panel session moderated by Foluso Phillips, Phillips Consulting chairman, both governors agreed that the partnership would address the following: decongestion of Lagos state, development of a land port, rail and water transportation between both states, private-public partnership (PPP) funding for infrastructural development and a masterplan for the integration of both states.
Both governors also identified some quick wins like:
The signing of an already prepared agreement by both states to set up a Lagos/Ogun commission that will handle all issues that are of common interest to the states.
Execute the joint resident registration scheme to tackle insecurity.
Completion of an ongoing rice mill in Lagos that will receive and process most of the rice input from Ogun State.
Expansion of trailer park in Ogun state to help ease the Apapa traffic congestion in Lagos
Conclusion of an agreement with the federal government to take over the completion of several federal roads bordering the two states such as the Lagos – Sagamu Express Way which is only at 20% completion.
Both administrators also delegated the chairing, management and the delivery of the agreement to the deputy governors who report directly to their principals for accountability.
Sanwo-Olu said the execution of the partnership would be assessed in the first quarter of 2023 while Abiodun said project execution can be carried out using a government delivery unit.
The agreement will be documented and endorsed by parties to give legal backing and minimise political interference with the provisions of the agreement.