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Lagos/Ogun Commission will bring succour to border communities- Hamzat



Lagos/Ogun Commission will bring succour to border communities- Hamzat

By Oluwatope Lawanson

Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr Obafemi Hamzat said on Wednesday that the Lagos / Ogun Joint Development Commission will create a harmonious relationship that will benefit residents of border communities.

Hamzat made the statement during an interview with reporters in Lagos.

The vice-governor has made it clear that the various development projects undertaken by Lagos would also benefit those who work in Lagos but live in the postponed communities on the border of the two states.

“The various road development projects will benefit those who work in Lagos but live in the border communities.

“While the essence is not for Lagos or Ogun State to take responsibility for each other, the essence is to collaborate.

“The red line for the railway under construction will end at Ijoko Ota which is in Ogun State, that means we will have to collaborate with the Ogun State government.

“We need to work with the Ogun state government to secure land to build the Ijoko station to move people from Ogun to Lagos.

Hamzat noted that since Lagos only shared the border with Ogun, building roads to border communities would be a joint responsibility of the two states.

“Lagos only has common borders with Ogun State, so for example, if we build a link road to the border community, the essence of the commission is to make sure the road doesn’t end. not with us.

“The Ogun State Government should take the construction of the road from where we stop and continue on the right road. We share development information, but it is difficult to plan for Ogun State.

“Moving our buses to the inner community of Ogun State Borders on the road infrastructure will have an impact on our buses.

“We have to plan the infrastructure for the buses to operate due to wear and tear, but I have to say that the priorities of the two states are different from each other,” he said.

Hamzat noted that the state is planning around 5,000 last mile buses, which already operate with only 500 buses now.

“We started the Last Mile transit with 500 buses, but the good thing is that the buses are not just imported, they are assembled here in Nigeria.

“So as soon as the first 500 are ready, we’ll release it. We don’t want this to be done outside in order to create jobs for our people here.

“The target is around 5,000 buses, so more will come and create jobs for everyone,” he said.

Regarding the threat of fleet touts and the resulting implications for commuters, the deputy governor noted that the Lagos State government is already engaging transport unions.

“Finding lasting peace in the transport union crisis is something on the move; NURTW is a national union and its receipts are printed nationally and distributed to states.

“We have spoken with the unions to say that we do not want them to collect their dues on the road.

“I am a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers and I also pay my dues, but they don’t come to harass me on the road, they will only write me letters.

“We have engaged the transport unions on how to have their levies in the park, but we are not just engaging with Lagos, we have to engage nationally,” he said.

Hamzat added, “We suggested that they should count the number of their parks, we can even collect the money on their behalf and send it to them.

“The suggestion that was made to them seems to kind of skew their processes, so we have to develop that process.

“As a government, we have made it clear that the chaos often created in parks is unacceptable.

“The Lagosians should give us some time to resolve this problem and find a way around it, we don’t want to disturb their business, but we want peace,” he said.

Source: NAN

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