Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor-elect of Lagos State, has promised to end the traffic jam in Apapa within his first 60 days in office.
Sanwo-Olu made the promise while speaking at a congratulatory dinner reception organized by his classmates at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, University of Lagos, 1998/2000 set.
His classmates presented a policy document prepared by them which contained their suggestions on what he should consider doing in office.
He was also asked certain questions about some challenges in Lagos to get an idea of his plans to fix them.
When asked about his plans to fix the unbearable traffic jam at the Apapa area, he said; “the Apapa trailer issue; it’s a campaign issue; it’s very serious. I’m going to take it very seriously. I believe that it is something that we are going to solve in the first 60 days of our government. Whatever is going to be required of us, we will take them out. There is a lot of politics being played around there. But no, it cannot be the way we’ll continue to live. We cannot continue to give excuses.”
He further stated that Lagos had outgrown the current Apapa Port and revealed his plans to develop the Badagry Port so that the pressure on the current port would reduce.
“Five or 10 years ago, if we had been forward-thinking, we would have also realised that the city had actually outgrown the Apapa Port. So, the long-term solution is to build another one. Our government, by the Grace of God, will start the Badagry Port. That is the long-term solution,” he stated at the event held at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi.
He also said that his administration hopes to complete the blue rail project starting from Okokomaiko area through Mile 2 and Marina.
“The water will work, BRT buses will work and rail will work,” the Lagos Governor-elect said.
The governor-elect further revealed his plans to employ graduates as public transport drivers in Lagos. This came following a question on how he plans to tackle the recklessness of some BRT drivers (Bus Rapid Transit) in the state.
He also noted that the graduate bus drivers would received between N80,000 to N100,000 as salaries.
“The BRT issue is something that has to do with culture. When we take over, by the Grace of God, we will advertise and see if we can employ some of our graduates as drivers.
“What I realised is that apart from the money we will be paying them, which is more than what they are paying an average graduate, we need to very quickly tell our people and encourage ourselves that there is dignity in work. We are going to be paying them between N80,000 and N100,000 to come and drive these buses because we expect a lot more decency.
“By the time we get the culture of the drivers’ right, the routes are coming up, by the time we finish the Abule-Egba/Iyana Ipaja/Ikeja route, it will boost the number of BRT,” he said.