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Fashola Comes Back To Lagos

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Nigeria News take a look at the return of former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to Lagos politics.

Former Lagos State Governor and the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) gave a bright address at the Lagos Traffic Radio lecture on Transportation on Friday.

He refreshed the memory of Lagosians about intermodal transportation, which to him should have solved the problem of traffic in the State.

The Governor of the State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu ably represented by his deputy, Dr. Femi Hamzat had earlier opened up on the plan to renew the collaboration with the Federal Government on how to complete the Blue light rail from Okokomaiko to Marina and the red line from Abule-Egba to Marina.

Hamzat explained that the Blue line would have to share part of the Nigeria Railway line towards Marina and that effort to seal the deal is in top gear.

Fashola started the project but was abandoned by the former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode whom instead of completing it began the building of a modern interchange in Oshodi and construction of pedestrian bridges across the State.

Ambode built laybys, reconstructed bus stops but this idea could only do little in solving the problem of heavy traffic in Lagos. Throughout his four years, the only idea he picked from the administration of Fashola was to build a jetty, which he never inaugurated.

He stopped tree planting and beautification project. He stopped Public, Private Participation, (PPP) scheme on waste management and replaced it with the bogus, dysfunctional Vision Scape waste management plan.

Lagos became so dirty. The current government is still battling with the consistent flash flood due to the blockage of drains and canals.

In fact, Ambode did not want to hear anything about Fashola despite that the minister assisted him to carry out some projects on the Federal Roads.

Fashola ensured that the Lagos State Government took over the building of Lagos International Airport Road; he allowed Ambode to construct pedestrian bridges across Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and handed over the Federal State House in Marina to Lagos during Ambode’s regime. Yet Ambode worked to silence Fashola.

However, today, Fashola speaks loud as Sanwo-Olu begins to look at the blueprint he left behind. In the last three weeks, tree planting exercise had begun in Lagos to revamp the beautification agenda of Fashola and also as a way to address climate change.

Recall, Fashola put Lagos on the global map in his climate change agenda. Ambode did not blink to stop the climate change program of Fashola.

Speaking at the traffic radio program, Fashola called on the present administration to concentrate more on the rehabilitation of major central roads in the State, which include, Funsho Williams Road, Ikorodu Road, Third Mainland Bridge instead of the palliative on the inner roads.

He maintained that the intermodal transportation system is what the State requires now to help it reduce the pressure on the roads.

According to him, 95 percent of those who travel in Lagos uses roads. To him, half of this number should be diverted to train and water transportation.

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