By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS â€” The diplomatic community in Lagos has expressed concern over the state of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA and some link roads in the state, positing that their poor state could affect foreign investment in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr. Robin Green, speaking as a representative of the diplomats that attended a symposium to mark the 1,100 days in office ofÂ the Governor Babatunde Fashola-led administration, also decried inadequate facilities at the airport.
The forum, with the theme: â€œHarnessing Global Partnerships and Opportunities for Rapid Development and Economic Prosperity,â€ was specifically organised for the diplomatic community to air their views about governance in Lagos. It was also part of Fasholaâ€™s effort to render his account of stewardship.
According Green, the road to the international airport was in bad condition and had been a concern forÂ foreign visitors.
Responding, Fashola said his adminstration was also disturbed, especially by the condition of the terminal building even though the airport was not under its direct control..
He declared that the airport needed another terminal building and disclosed that the state had submitted a master plan to the Federal Government for a comprehensive rehabilitation of the roads leading to the airport.
His words: â€œ The Federal Government is currently doing some palliative work on the roads. Thatâ€™s not really what it needs, it needs a total work on the road and we are presently relating with the Federal Government to see how we can expeditiously build the road. I am sure in a not too distant time, we would put this behind usâ€.
Earlier State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Obafemi Hamzat gave a one hour presentation on how the Fashola administration had brought dividends of democracy to the citizenry.
â€œSuffice to say that in the last three years, the state government has constructed 248 roads which saw about 24,870 people engaged during the construction process. We have also created about 300,000 jobs in the last three years,â€ he said.