BY MICHAEL EBOH
Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, CBD, Mrs. Derin Disu, has called on residents to cooperate with the government in its quest for the transformation of the state.
Disu, who made this declaration at an event heralding the forthcoming celebration of the 2,000 days in office of Governor Fashola, said the desire to transform Lagos, especially areas designated as CBDs, into a 21st century business precinct has made government to embark on series of initiatives aimed at restoring sanity in the state. Key among the initiatives, she said, is the desire to curb the worrisome traffic congestion on Lagos Island CBD, usually occasioned by the indiscriminate loading and offloading of merchandise from cargo containers.
This, she said, has made the state government to limit such activity to within 7pm and 7am daily, to ensure a free flow of business activities.
She said the State Government has succeeded in substantially improving the traffic flow, reduce the menace of street trading, remove illegal shanties and generally improving the aesthetic appeal of major streets, even as public conveniences are erected in strategic places for endurable surroundings to woo investors.
According to the Disu, who was a former Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Government, aside from regular maintenance of infrastructure within the districts, CBD is also in solid partnership with stakeholders including the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, to evacuate tonnes of waste generated in over 90 markets located within the vicinity.
She added that the strong synergy in place with private sector has resulted in improved hospitality, building of shopping malls, executive toilets, parking lots to promote a competitive business environment.