Lawmaker appeals to Apapa residents over traffic gridlock
Member of the Lagos state House of Assembly representing Apapa constituency 1 at the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe has appealed to the people of Apapa to persevere and exercise some patience with the state government over the traffic situation in Apapa.
Egberongbe made the appeal while responding to questions from reporters after commissioning a block of public toilets which he renovated at the Apapa General hospital at Apapa on Wednesday.
Though the lawmaker said he still was not happy with the traffic situation despite the seeming improvement, he however pointed out that “we are however not where we were yesterday as far as the traffic issue is concerned.
He promised that the state government will continue to collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure that the traffic gridlock becomes a thing of the past in Apapa.
“A major prerequisite of attaining that is the use of the inland waterways. Prior to this time our navigable waterways remain a veritable source of transporting goods in Nigeria as a whole and I think we need to go back to them. They are relatively cheaper, all we need is for the FG to collaborate with the state government.
“Just bring our railways back on track, let’s use our waterways to carry these cargoes. It is not new, it is what we were using before in this nation, let’s go back to it. We should not begin to play politics with the lives of our people, it is not going to serve anybody any good”, Egberongbe said.
Reiterating the call for a special status for Lagos state, Egberongbe said “Lagos is a cosmopolitan state where people from all over the country are represented; we will be doing a serious disservice to our people and nation if we fail to do what we should do for the state.
“The state remains the economic capital of Nigeria and if we over stretch the infrastructure, it might eventually cave-in and collapse and that would affect our economy. The ever growing GDP of the state, the so-called largest economy in Africa ascribed to Nigeria, reasonable percentage of these economic activities reside in Lagos. So Lagos state represents Nigeria and we will all have to pay for it, including the FG if we fail to do what we are supposed to do.
“Let’s give the state a special status, let’s give something back to the state in terms of our VAT, derivation etc., so that the Nigerian nation will be better for it”, Egberongbe said.
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