=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === A memorandum of has been signed by the Ogun State Government and its Lagos State counterpart for the establishment of Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission to accelerate physical and socio-economic development in both states.
The new partnership was cemented on Monday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Governor Dapo Abiodun, at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during which Sanwo-Olu said the bilateral relationship between the two neighbouring states was aimed at transforming key areas of mutual interests, including security, commerce, urbanisation, infrastructure and solving boundary disputes.
Governor Sanwo-Olu described Lagos and Ogun as conjoined twins connected by geography, commerce and cultural affinities; therefore, the best approach to foster sustainable growth and development is form a synergy to tackle issues.
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“It has become obvious that the best way to accelerate socio-economic development in both states is by embracing a more collaborative approach for growth, development and urban sustainability. Regardless of the
challenges, we are determined to build more liveable and stable cities,” he said.
On his part, Governor Dapo Abiodun explained that the creation of the joint commission was the culmination of an informal discussion between the governors of both states.
“The common goal is to provide good governance and make life more meaningful for the electorate; and that is our driving force. We must never forget that, as Nigerians, we are all interconnected in one way or the other; and the fastest way to accelerate socio-economic growth and create an equitable society is by uniting to combat our challenges,” he added.
PROJECTED IMPACT: This is a game changer that will transform the urban agglomeration that exists between Lagos and Ogun states, stimulate socio-economic growth, bridge development gaps and ensure that Lagos mega city status is complemented by pervasive infrastructural development even in boundary towns.