Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the state government would partner with Igbo market leaders in Lagos West Senatorial District to ensure infrastructure development in marketplaces in the area.
He said this at a consultative meeting with Igbo market leaders from Alaba, Trade Fair in Lagos West Senatorial axis, which was coordinated by Managing Director, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo.
"We have just finished an interactive meeting with the leaders of various markets around Alaba, ASPAMDA, Trade Fair areas in Lagos West Senatorial District and the discussion was coordinated by our friend in the banking sector, Fidelity Bank.
"We all agreed that we all have roles to play to address infrastructure and other challenges around the markets.
"As a government, we are taking up the responsibility to design an all-inclusive model that will improve the economic wellbeing of people around the markets.
"Once we put infrastructure in place, not only would businesses flourish, employment will also be created,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Government was looking forward to providing fire stations, clinics, general hospitals and security units that would aid commercial activities in the market, adding that market leaders agreed to work with the government for developmental purposes.
Further maintaining that he did not like the bad condition of the roads, Sanwo-Olu noted that his administration would give a new look to the network of roads to improve smooth performance of activities.
"We had conversations around being socially responsible. So we will see the traders living up to the expectations in terms of doing what they are meant to be doing to support government in the areas of their taxes, wages and levies.
"We also want to eliminate multiple taxations; any agency that is not meant to be around the market will be stopped.
"We also discussed security issues, and I assured that government would help to improve on the security of lives and property in the area and the state in general.
"We will address the menace of Okada riders all around those markets. We will also ensure that the work that is going on around Lagos-Badagry Expressway is well coordinated, so that they can have some relief at various periods of the day, even when construction is going on,” he said.
Nnamdi Okonkwo, Fidelity Bank's Managing Director, commended Sanwo-Olu’s effort in partnering with the leaders and developing the markets.
"Fidelity Bank was one of the first banks to open in the area and we understand their challenges from the extensive engagements we do have with them," he stated.