Megacity: Fashola plans to accomodate 40 million Lagosians

Speaking at a recent conference on ‘Future Cities, Managing Africa’s Urban Transformation, organised by the Economist Group, publishers of The Economist, Lagos State Governor, Governor Babatunde Fashola said his administration is working on a master plan that will accomodate up to 40 million Lagosians.

“We are planning for the future of Lagos that can accommodate about 40 million people by improving infrastructure through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative,” he said. “We have recorded some successes in this regard as can be seen from the Lagos-Lekki-Epe Expressway and other projects. And we are committed to doing many more.”

Governor Fashola also revealed that his government has started polling Lagosians to gain a better understanding of what is essential to residents in various local governments.

“People in different communities were asked to make a list of their most pressing needs because governance is not a guess work,” he said. “We conduct a poll to enable us know what was needed most. We started with the ones that were mostly demanded. In some places, it was power and unemployment while others were roads,” he said.

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