One of the biggest projects for our government is fixing #EkoTraffic. Lagosians spend unproductive number of hours in traffic everyday and we are urgently addressing this as we build #ForAGreaterLagos.
Our focus in 100 days has been on 7 major areas.
Step 1 was repositioning the @Lagos State Public Works Corporation for the huge task of fixing our roads. New leadership and processes were introduced which has seen hundreds of potholes fixed, day and night schedule introduced and a concrete plan to fix every road in Lagos.
LSPWC beyond accelerating repairs is ensuring that these roads remain motorable. The rains are still here but a lot of palliative work is ongoing. They are working everyday and using every opportunity to ensure every affected road is fixed.
One of the major promises we made is eliminating trailers from the Eko Bridge and working with the FG to implement a port call-in system. The situation is not as it was on the bridge and we are working with the Federal Govt to fix the roads around the ports.
Another step we have taken is the maintenance of traffic lights, introduction of traffic cameras, a cashless toll system and other technological tools that will ensure we can solve our traffic issues in the long term.
Step 4 was to reduce man made accidents and traffic caused by disobeying traffic laws and general lawlessness on our roads. We emphasised the Lagos Traffic Law with penalties that are amongst the lowest in environments with the sort of traffic we experience.
We want the Lagos Traffic Law to be a deterrent and since implementation we have seen an improvement in conduct by road users. We set up a mobile court working with the State judiciary to ensure fair and swift justice. The law applies to everyone.
Step 5 was reforming and improving LASTMA to meet with the demands of a city like ours. One of the first executive orders I signed was to introduce a shift system to increase work hours. We also increased their allowances to improve productivity.
In reforming LASTMA, we are improving all areas of the team, employing more officers, retraining, reducing corrupt practices on the roads and other problems we have identified. We are also working with other security agencies to support these efforts.
Step 6 is to diversify the transportation options available to Lagosians. We have changed leadership across a lot of the key agencies that support our transportation plans. Our government is supportive of properly executed private sector transportation initiatives.
We have had engagements with local and international players about increasing options, providing better service and improving security for Lagosians. Diversified transportation options are important and our plans for water, road and other channels are on course.
Step 7 is financing our key infrastructural projects.
From France to Japan to the Netherlands, the UAE and the USA, we have had engagements with local and international partners focused on road, water and air transport options for Lagos.
We do not take the trust you have in us for granted. Long lasting progress will come with steadfast delivery and continued engagement with the people.